What Limits Al Jefferson's Playing Time?
By Dr. Edward Tjoe
May 15, 2014
Plantar Fasciitis Limits Al Jefferson’s Playing Time
What if an injury kept you from your job? You would probably feel frustrated, right? As people rely on you, the Charlotte Bobcats also trust Al Jefferson, Bobcats basketball player, to be in the best condition, but that can’t always be the case.
Charlotte Bobcats center, Al Jefferson, got off to a good start during the match against Miami Heat in the first game of the NBA playoffs.
After the 8 point shot, Jefferson started to limp and call for a time-out. Jefferson went to the locker room and got a painkiller shot to continue playing through his plantar fasciitis.
While Jefferson played through the injury, he was in a walking boot after the game.
The strain to his plantar fascia has caused him to sit out a game.
Plantar Fasciitis: How Symptoms Worsen
The most common symptoms for plantar fasciitis are inflammation and heel pain. To reduce symptoms, patients can try a number of treatment plans. Some people opt for supportive orthotics while others rely on pain-relievers.
Al Jefferson’s job is the game, and he is required to be on his feet for long periods of time. Constant jumping, running and shuffling can put too much stress on the plantar fascia, worsening the symptoms. And that’s what happened to Al Jefferson.
While Jefferson took a pain-relieving injection—it won’t always do the trick, as Jefferson noted post-game.
“I wouldn’t wish this pain on anybody. This is the worst pain I’ve dealt with in my career.”
Without proper care, discomfort can turn into pain. A serious inflammation can feel like you are standing on needles, and that’s not something we want you to experience.
You don’t have to be a well known NBA player to get this injury. Here at Tjoe Podiatry, Jersey City, NJ foot practice, we also offer shots for plantar fasciitis, but we recommend laser therapy first. It's less painful, and there is no needle involved.