Plantar Fasciitis Forces Jedd Gyorko to Miss Game

gyorkoJedd Gyorko of the San Diego Padres has strained one of his plantar fascia, making him unable to participate in the team’s recent game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The second baseman claims that he started to experience symptoms during the Padres’ May 30th game against the White Sox, and since then he’s received a cortisone shot to help alleviate some of the pain.

It’s still unknown exactly how many more games Gyorko will have to miss, but team officials are thinking about putting him on the 15-week disabled list. In the meantime Jace Peterson, a Triple-A prospect who filled in for Gyorko against the Pirates, may be tapped to take his spot for a longer period.

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition where one of the main tendons in the feet becomes inflamed. If you are having trouble with foot pain, talk to podiatrist Dr. Carl Ingrassia, DPM of Fords Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Ingrassia will determine whether or not you have plantar fasciitis and get you the care you need to make a speedy recovery.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It 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.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Fords, NJ and East Brunswick, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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