Plantar Fasciitis: The Underestimated (But Fixable) Plague of Athletes

runner with plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament (a thick band of fibrous tissue) on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. While it may not be one of the more common medical household terms, the condition has been an official diagnosis since the 1970s. In fact, approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population experiences bouts of heel pain, which results in one million visits per year to medical professionals for treatment of plantar fasciitis.

The inflammation of the plantar fascia can be caused by a number of issues, including foot mechanics, obesity and certain types of exercise, most notably running or jumping. Unfortunately, it is the latter that makes it one of the more common injuries for professional athletes, whose livelihoods solely rely on performing these very acts.

Here are just some well-known athletes that have battled with plantar fasciitis during their athletic careers:

Albert Pujols