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Presidential Plantar Fasciitis

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During a recent physical, 53-year-old President Obama was diagnosed with common foot problem: plantar fasciitis. It is a painful, but treatable, foot problem that was diagnosed when the president was found to have some tenderness on the surface of his right foot.


The otherwise healthy president is known to enjoy sports, and one of his favorite sports, basketball, is catching the blame from many for causing this problem. Some are even calling it "Basketball Heel" because athletes who play the sport suffer from the condition so often. 


So, should you quit playing basketball? Does it cause plantar fasciitis?


It is true that plantar fasciitis is a common sports injury, and many NBA players have suffered from the painful condition, but there are actually a variety of things that can cause plantar fasciitis to develop, especially in active people like President Obama. Basketball isn't the only possible cause. The condition occurs frequently in other sports as well, like baseball and football. It also occurs often in runners and joggers.


And while sports can cause injuries, they can also be very beneficial. Being active and playing sports may be part of the reason Obama did well on other parts of the phsyical exam. Sports help many of us stay healthy and in shape. So, if you love to play basketball to get exercise and for fun, don't let this scare you off of the sport completely. Just go about playing a little more cautiously and know the risks before you get out on the court.


No matter what sport you are playing or what exercise you are participating in, it is important that you go about it the right way and pay attention to your health. Always stretch propery before and after exercising or playing. Don't ignore pain, and never push yourself too hard. We know pushing yourself is part of the fun, but be mindful of your body and listen to it. You don't want to cause injury. No game is worth your health!


Also, always see a doctor before beginning an exercise regime or playing sports, and pace yourself. Don't decide to play and just jump in. If you are out of shape, you have to get back in shape slowly. It won't happen all at once. 


Basically, just be prepared and stay on top of your health! You can never guarantee that an injury won't happen, but you can help to prevent them if you are mindful. 


Basketball may have caused Obama's plantar fasciitis or it may not have, but fortunately, the condition is treatable and usually with non-invasive methods.

Watch our video above for more information, and if you are suffering from plantar fascia pain, you can request an appointment with us online or call us at (615) 220-8788. We would be happy to help!



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