College athlete Tyreek Duren is on the court, even with plantar fasciitis. Duren moves around quite a bit; which is surprising that it affects Duren very little. Duren claims to feel almost pain-free, with Explorers coach John Giannini believing that the senior guard is back to an improved state.
“The first couple of games, I was OK,” Duren said. “I didn’t know when it was going to hurt…. Say for the first 10 minutes, I was fine. Then I didn’t know. Then I’d come down on it awkwardly.” Duren added that his condition did slow him down. “One play I could go fast, then I’d pay for it the next couple of possessions. Going for a layup, I’d always come down hard. The next couple of plays on defense, I’d go, ‘I’ve got to take it easy.’
The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis
An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.
Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis
- Shockwave Therapy – works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
- Ultrasound – guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
- Conservative Measures – ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication
What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Lack of adequate footwear
- Bad foot support
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