The Key to Preventing Plantar Fasciitis

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Managing Editor

John J. Leddy, M.D., is a primary care sports physician and clinical professional in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Buffalo.

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means an athlete has inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes.

Leddy said these injuries are typically connected to a lack of flexibility in the Achilles tendon or calf. He recommended that players stretch their Achilles tendons and calves by placing two hands against a wall, stepping one foot away from the wall and placing it flat on the ground so the heel is resting on the floor.

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