Brooklyn Nets' guard Joe Johnson wants to get rid of heel pain


According to, NBA star Joe Johnson was unable to play Friday night due to plantar fasciitis.  He was hoping to play again on Sunday.

Classically, someone with heel pain or arch pain due to plantar fasciitis experiences pain with the first few steps when getting out of bed in the morning.  The heel can also be quite painful with the first few steps following rest.  It can feel like an ache or a bruise.  The pain can also be sharp and stabbing.

The plantar fascia is a broad ligament that runs from the bottom or plantar surface of the calcaneus or heel bone, runs along the bottom of the arch and inserts at the front of the foot near the toes.  If the foot is not supported properly, the plantar fascia can become irritated and painful.

Treatments include getting new shoes if your shoes are worn down.  This is especially important with athletic shoes.  This will give more support to the arch and cushion the heel.  You may also benefit from off the counter insoles which will support the arch.  Antiinflammatory medication such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen may also be helpful in relieving the inflammation.   However, people with a history of stomach problems, high blood pressure or heart disease should consult with their family doctor before taking this type of medication.  Cortisone injections can also be helpful but they can be painful.  Multiple injections can also cause thinning of the connective tissue.

If you have not been successful in treating your plantar fasciitis at home, it may be time to see a podiatrist.

In my Toronto podiatry clinic I offer treatments including Laser, and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy for Heel Spur Pain, Arch Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, and Achilles Tendonitis to reduce the inflammation.  I can also make Custom Foot Orthotics to improve the mechanics of your foot and relieve the pull of the plantar fascia ligament.  If you suffer from heel pain, arch pain or plantar fasciitis in Toronto or the neighbouring area, please call my Toronto podiatry office at 416-486-9917 to set up a private consultation.  I will be happy to help you get rid of your heel pain or any other foot problems that you have. 

Here’s hoping that Joe Johnson gets better but that the Toronto Raptors rise to the occasion when he comes to town.