Don’t get sidelined by Plantar Fasciitis!

In Royals news, Erik Kratz, backup pitcher to Salvador Perez, suffered a foot injury in a game against the Detroit Tigers.  He has been placed on the 15 day disabled list for Plantar Fasciitis of the left foot.

royals KC In StadiumThe injury occurred during the ninth inning as he approached first base; stretching for the bag he felt pain in his left foot.    Francisco Pena was briefly called up to fill the roster position.  Last Week the Royals announce they have acquired Drew Butera from the Angels to fill the primary roster position.

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain.  The plantar fascia is a long band of connective tissue that runs from the heel of the foot to the toes.  Repetitive over-use, trauma or footwear without much support can cause soft tissue damage resulting in heel and arch inflammation and pain.

Plantar Fasciitis is particularly common in professional and weekend athletes alike.  It is initially treated with conservative methods such as rest, ice, stretching and anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen.  Other early treatments aimed at reducing pain and inflammation include night splints, temporary arch supports, Musculoskeletal Laser and physical therapy.  Custom-molded orthotics and supportive footwear are necessary to prevent the problem from recurring.

The doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle offer many advanced, non-invasive treatment technologies that relieve the pain and inflammation associated with Plantar Fasciitis.  If you have heel or arch pain, get off the Disabled List!  Call the experts at Kansas City Foot and Ankle at 816-943-1111 and get back in the game!