Football players are notorious for injuries all over their bodies and the Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos is no different. Recently, Peyton encountered a common sport injury against the Kansas City Chiefs, which lead to him leaving the game, a loss, and a partially torn plantar fascia.
Team physicians have stated that Peyton Manning has been battling with plantar fasciitis for several weeks prior the tearing from last Sunday’s game. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia that is located on the bottom or plantar surface of your foot. The function of the plantar fascia is to stabilize the arch which leads to a more stable foot. Plantar fasciitis results when there is localized inflammation and degeneration of the fascia. Plantar heel pain is one of the most common conditions occurring in 15% of all adults with foot ailments. It typically presents after periods of rest or taking the first steps in the morning, referred to as post-static dyskinesia. This sharp, stabbing localized “start-up pain” dissipates once weight-bearing occurs and by the end of the day there is instead a dull throbbing radiating pain into the arch and forefoot. Most heel pain symptoms from plantar fasciitis are throbbing pain, sometimes mild numbness due to irritation of the surrounding nerves, tenderness upon weight-bearing (walking), and mild swelling.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by several different mechanisms including increasing age, biomechanics (abnormal foot posture), elevated BMI (increased pressure and strain on the foot), a tight Achilles tendon, inappropriate footwear, type and intensity of daily activity (running results in more strain), and isolated or repetitive trauma. Although these factors can be present in anyone, the conditions are usually observed in anyone at any age depending on their level of daily activity.
Peyton Manning was experiencing plantar fasciitis symptoms leading up the injury of partially tearing the plantar fascia, the actual tearing of the fascia presented to him with more excruciating pain in his left foot, so bad that he was able to participate in practice throwing perfectly, but could still feel the effects of the severe pain in his left foot.
A podiatrist is the only person that is trained in a specialized field in medicine for anything concerning the lower extremity, foot and ankle, that’s why it is vital for you to visit your podiatrist if there are any problems concerning your feet. If you or someone you know is experiencing any pains or problems in their feet, they should not hesitate to contact their local podiatrist or Dr. Theall for a full comprehensive evaluation. If there are any other questions feel free to contact Dr. Theall’s Gentle Touch Foot Care office for all your foot and ankle needs and concerns at 973 673-3668.