Plantar Fasciitis Hurts: No Bull

noahI'm not 6-11. Not any where near it.  Nor do I play a pivotal position  on  the   Chicago Bulls.  But I proudly can say that I  once  had what Joakim Noah has : plantar fasciitis.  So I sorta know what he's going through. As a famous Democrat once said, I  feel his pain. Vicariously.

Despite his physical disability Noah is demonstrating that he  is a gallant competitor.  Unlike you know who.   Noah says it feels like needles in the bottom of his foot. PF is a hobbling condition. But to give him credit, even though he may be racked with pain afterwards, he continues  to play with  it.  This morning  I  read that  the Nets' Joe Johnson has it too.   Plantar fasciitis is suddenly becoming  fashionable.

I got it during my last year of teaching.  I was bringing my 7th-grade class back to the room  from Phys Ed of all places, briskly negotiating the 39 or so  steps up to the third floor in the old  Rachel Carson building when OOOOOOOUUUUUUCCCCCCHHHHHH!!!!!

I landed on the front of one of the stairs and felt a stabbing pain in my left foot.  I wound up in the infirmary (fortunate  the rotating school nurse was there that day) and  had it  quickly diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, Noah's disease.

I had never heard of it before.  But from that moment I have never forgotten it.

I don't want to be overdramatic here. It's  not terminal.  I saw an orthopedic  surgeon  the next day.  Stayed off my feet.  Took  pain-killers. And it went away.

What is plantar fasciitis?  It's the inflammation of the band of muscle tissue that connects the heel to the toes.  It forms the arch of the foot.

A website I visited suggested this method of treatment: (1) Give it a rest. (2) Take Advil, Aleve, or aspirin.  (3) Flex your toes. (4) Don't run or walk on hard  surfaces. (5) Get a new pair of shoes.

Tonight, Noah will be running on a hard surface at the United Center.  Maybe  you know who  has bought him  a new pair of Adidas.  It's the least he could do.


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  • "Noah's disease?" They said that Cy Young didn't win the Cy Young, but that Lou Gehrig had Lou Gehrig's disease and Tommy John had Tommy John surgery.

    From your list of symptoms, I'm not sure if I have it, or just that my shoes rubbed my sweat sox wrong.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, you'll know if you get it. It's unmistable.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Make that 'unmistakeable'.

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