“I was out playing pickleball yesterday and experienced some discomfort on the bottom of my right foot. I knew right away what it was; a mild case of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia ligament is a long fibrous tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes and helps form the arch of your foot. Since ligaments are rigid and have minimal contractile or elastic properties (like muscles do) they do not stretch easily and can become irritated with over activity (i.e. pickleball or running). Small tears can develop in the tissue resulting in pain and inflammation. Symptoms often include an aching, burning, or stabbing sensation on the bottom of the foot.”
Plantar Fasciitis – What is it?
The best way to prevent plantar fasciitis is to avoid excessive overloading of the foot and be careful of the type of tennis shoes you wear. Learn more at:
Plantar Fasciitis – Prevention for the Pickleball Player
Okay, so you know what it is, how to prevent it, now learn the treatment so you can get back on the pickleball court:
Plantar Fasciitis – Treatment for the Pickleball Player
This is repost from guest contributor Justin Rodgers of Phoenix, Arizona. Justin has been a licensed Physical Therapist for the last 22 years and has helped lots of senior pickleball players in their recovery from aches and pains.
3 comments on “Plantar Fasciitis – Pain, Prevention, Treatment”
This actually helped me. i was suffering from such pain whenever i returned after playing pickleball. Tried it today and you won’t believe my pain is 60% less than other days.
Before getting your feet on the floor when you first wake up stretch your toes towards your head. Haha! You won’t be able to reach your head. But stretch.
Yep. Don’t let those feet hit the ground until you stretch out those calves! Best thing someone ever told me … it helped me so much with my feet!