Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has torn plantar fascia in his right foot, league sources told ESPN on Monday morning 11/16/2015. Some Broncos players told ESPN that Manning, who was pulled from Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter, had difficulty walking last week. Sources told ESPN that Manning has battled plantar fasciitis for weeks but is believed to have aggravated the injury against Indianapolis on Nov. 8. The injury resulted in a partial tear of his plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis injuries are common in athletes and it doesn’t take a contact sport like football to cause them. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot injuries seen by our doctors and physical therapist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center, located in Howell, New Jersey. This injury is responsible for over 1 million patient visits every year.
It is wise to avoid excessive running or training, especially if you have not ran in a while. When the plantar fascia is inflamed and painful you must rest, ice, and stretch to help decrease the pain. The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous soft tissue on the bottom of your foot. If you stress this fascia too much by exerting yourself too quickly, then damage to the tissue results. Repetitive trauma will result to inflammation and you develop pain located in the arch of the foot and/or the heel.
Poor running shoes are another common cause of plantar fasciitis. You should make sure you are in an athletic shoe that is designed for your foot type. Local running stores have their staff trained to help match a specific running shoe to a certain foot type. My local favorite store is Runner’s High located in Freehold, New Jersey. It is also important to replace your shoes at the first signs of wear and tear, or when you start developing foot pain.
Whether you are a professional athlete like Peyton Manning or someone wanting to take their first run in 10 years, foot injuries as a result of exercise can be debilitating. Let your body adapt to your activity level. Gradual progression is the key to avoid injury. Listen to your body and if you are experiencing foot pain please call for an appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center located in Howell, NJ. We will help get you back on the road to recovery.