Albert Pujols to Consider Foot Surgery to Treat Painful Plantar Fasciitis

Albert PujolsFirst baseman Albert Pujols has been going through stubborn distress, due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The topic that brings up the most discussions regarding the Los Angeles Angels athlete is if the first baseman will consider doing offseason surgery.

“When we get to that point, we’ll talk about it. I’m definitely going to try to do something after the season to help me out and not play in that pain I’ve been playing in. There’s no doubt that I’ll be a full-time first baseman next year,” said Pujols in a recent statement to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. In the meantime, Pujols has been seen as a designated hitter due to his bothersome foot.

Plantar Fasciitis can be a frustrating and bothersome condition when playing a completive sport. 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. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen 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 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. 

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Saginaw, MI and Essexville, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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