I'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.