Plantar fascia is a thick band of muscular tissue which connects the heel bone to the toes. Many a times certain activities and sports can lead to an inflammation of the plantar fascia. This situation is referred to as Plantar Fasciitis. It is a painful condition to deal with and often affects people in the age group of 40-60. However many a time athletes belonging to different sports tend to suffer from plantar fasciitis as well.
Which sports have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis?
Most often those games which need the players to put a lot of stress on the feet tend to cause plantar fasciitis. Games involving a lot of running and exercising in their trainings can cause the muscular tissue to strain and even tear up.
This can even cause the athletes to completely take a break from training or playing those sports. Below are few such sports which have higher chances of having their players get affected by plantar fasciitis.
Baseball involves a lot of footwork which can put strain on the plantar fascia. This can lead to stress and tear of the soft tissue, resulting in plantar fasciitis.
Soccer is nothing but footwork. Thus athletes need to use the best insoles for their shoes so as not to get affected by plantar fasciitis, as the same can hamper their entire career.
Basketball players too need to put a lot of pressure on their heels and toes. They need to run fast and make goals, thus increasing chances of a strained or torn plantar fascia.
Tennis is another sport in which the players need to jump and run, in order to follow the ball and hit it right. Thus players need to be careful of not injuring their plantar fascia.