As I have previously written, plantar fasciitis is the most common
complaint which walks through my door. It does not just afflict the old or
the out of shape, but affects athletes as well. It appears that Albert Pujols
has had an ongoing issuewith his plantar fascia. And based on this article,
he has developed a devastating injury which may sideline him for up to a
WHAT IS A PLANTAR FASCIAL TEAR?
But really how bad is a plantar fascial tear? Well honestly I would be
surprised if Albert misses a year. Commonly plantar fascia can tear after
multiple cortisone injections and by many I mean five or more in the
course of less than six months. A large strain on the fascia such as after a
big fall or in ahyperextension of the foot may also lead to a tear. Otherwise,
it is a fairly uncommon injury and I have only seen a few cases in over 17
years of practice.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A TEAR?
However if your fascia has actually torn what happens? First its going to
hurt. A lot. Initially it will be black and blue and swollen and treatment
may be started with ice and immobilization. But likely over the
course of a few weeks or months the pain should resolve. And if you had
plantar fasciitis prior to a tear, it should also resolve. Because essentially a
tear of the fascia CAN mimic surgery for plantar fascial surgery where the
fascia is released. There is a chance however that the fascia may still need
to be fully released depending on the extent of the tear. Rarely would I
expect this to be repaired or sewn together.
If you think you may have a plantar fascial tear, or plantar fasciitis, please call. We are here to help!