Drew Brees is the latest to tear his plantar fascia. Peyton Manning is still out with his tear and hasn’t played for over a month but Brees insists that he will be playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brees stated that he will play even if he doesn’t practice all week.
Other athletes have torn their fascia in the past and have kept playing but is it really a good idea?
The plantar fascia is a thick flat band that attaches to the heel and supports the arch and bottom of the foot. It is one of the most important support structures in the foot. As a podiatrist, I do not recommend that people continue strenuous activities after tearing their plantar fascia. But I guess its different when you are as essential as Drew Brees. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks.
For Drew Brees this all started as a minor heel pain known as plantar fasciitis. With the intensity of his activity, the injured fascia finally became torn leading to pain swelling and difficulty standing and walking.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common problem that we see as podiatrists. When we treat this problem early, rarely does it become torn. The biggest problem that we see is that people don’t see us early enough and then end up with heel pain that is hard to heal quickly and in some cases with a tear or partial tear.
At Advanced Podiatry in Tampa, we provide many basic and advanced options to help you get back to your activities quickly without surgery. We do not recommend continuing your activities like Drew Brees. This will typically make your problem worse and lead to a lengthy recovery.
If you have heel pain we recommend that you stretch the area, use ice and an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory if you are not allergic. One of the long term treatments that we utilize as podiatrists are custom orthotic devices. I would encourage you to avoid various types of inserts and orthotics from stores. You need to be examined by a podiatrists to be properly fitted. Podiatrists can also make the correct diagnosis and get you back on your feet quickly.
If you have heel pain call the doctors at Advanced Podiatry in Tampa for an immediate appointment.