La Salle´s Tyreek Duren. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)The La Salle’s point guard Tyreek Duren is playing basketball with plantar fasciitis- a condition which causes a ligament strain and is affecting his right heel.  Plantar fascia can be compared to as walking with a rock in a shoe.

Duren doesn’t really walk much in basketball games, but does move around quite a bit; which is why he is largely considered as the top guard in the season.

 According to Duren, he feels near to pain-free, and Explorers coach John Giannini believes 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.' "

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or heel pain, it is highly recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist, like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will examine your heel pain and determine if you have plantar fasciitis before proceeding with other viable options.

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
· Overpronation
· Obesity

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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