Mike Trout, center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels, sat out for the first time this season due to sudden heel pain. Trout has started all of the Angel’s first 92 games, 89 in centerfield and three as designated hitter.
Mike Trout is known to slide head first into bases, collide with walls and dive into gaps. It’s surprising that he hasn’t had more injuries. His heel pain occurred suddenly and he had no recollection of anything that would have caused the injury.
In an interview on Tuesday afternoon he stated, “I don’t remember what happened, I don’t recall banging it on anything or slipping on the field. When I woke up [Tuesday] it didn’t feel right. Just walking on it, it was aching. But I got treatment today, and it’s already a lot better than it was this morning, so I will definitely try to be in there Wednesday night”
Heel Pain is very common among athletes as well as non-athletes. It can have a significant impact on your lifestyle, especially if you are active. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel, across the arch and then attaches to the ball of the foot. The inflammation is generally caused by instability of the foot. For instance if the arch flattens too much with each step it can repetitively overstretch the plantar fascia ligament causing micro tears that lead to irritation and inflammation. It can occur suddenly, without any injury, leaving you wondering what you did to cause it, as in Mike Trout’s case.
The good news for Mike Trout and others suffering from heel pain is that it is one of the most easily treated conditions. Conservative treatment such as rest, ice, stretching and supportive shoes can often relieve the inflammation causing the pain. When these home remedies aren’t enough, the Kansas City foot doctors at Kansas City Foot and Ankle utilize advanced technologies such as musculoskeletal (cold) laser, cryoanalgesia and custom orthotics to relieve pain and inflammation fast!
If you are suffering from heel pain, get relief now! You don’t have to live with it. Call the experts in heel pain at 816-943-1111. Our Kansas City foot and ankle specialists can relieve your pain and get you back in the game as quickly as possible.