Plantar Fasciitis Affects Joakim Noah

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Chicago Bulls Center Joakim Noah is slowly losing faith that he will return to playing for the duration of the basketball season after suffering a setback from a plantar fasciitis injury to his right foot. The NBA star received a cortisone shot last Tuesday, reporting that he felt okay and taking the injury “day by day”.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Noah will not be playing in the Bull’s upcoming game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. “We don’t want him out there if he’s injured. The time he was out [of action] he put a lot of time into his rehab so he’s somewhat discouraged, but he can’t be discouraged. He just has to keep doing what he’s doing and hopefully he’ll be ready to go before the end of the season” Thibodeau said. Noah hopes that he will make a quick recovery from his foot injury.

If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot or heels, where the plantar fascia is located, then we recommended you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Frank Brady of New Jersey. Dr. Brady can examine your feet and work with you to provide an appropriate treatment option to ensure healing and recovery.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that consists of the inflammation of connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the foot’s heel and arch.

What Are The Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Obesity
  • Poor Footwear
  • Excessive running
  • Lack of Adequate Foot Support
  • Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.