Plantar fasciitis benches Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria has been suffering from plantar fasciitis in his right foot causing him to be slotted as the Tampa Bay Rays’ designated hitter in recent games. “I’m kind of getting to the point where I really don’t feel like I’m doing it any good to go out there and run around on it, so I can DH and still be effective,” Longoria said. Longoria described the sensation as “pretty painful.”


The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue running on the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes runs on the bottom of your

foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.  Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of the thick band of tissue and is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Stabbing pain typically occurs with first steps in the morning or after prolonged period of time sitting. It can also be triggered by long periods of standing.


Plantar fasciitis, common in runners, also occurs with overweight people, women who are pregnant and someone working while wearing inadequate support.

wordsTypical treatment options include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen can ease the pain and inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatory injections decreased the inflammation in the plantar fascia
  • Physical Therapies include exercises to stretch the tight plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
    Stretching and strengthening exercises or use of specialized devices may provide symptom relief.stretchblue
  • ARCH supports to help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.splint
  • Extra Corporeal Shock Wave therapy directs shockwaves to the heel pain area stimulating heeling.
  • Surgery to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone.  It’s generally reserved when the pain is severe and all else fails.

Fortunately for Evan Longoria and the majority of people suffering with this condition, they can  recover with conservative treatments in just a few months.

If plantar fasciitis has benched you, contact your podiatrist to get you back in the game.

Dr. Olga Garcia Luepschen and Gentle Foot Care Center are located on US 27 and can be reached at 863-314-9255 or


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