Upon reading the definition of this condition, I was able to see how much of a nuisance this injury could be. The main problem with having plantar faciitis, is that it’s usually not bad enough to force you to miss significant game time. So what happens, is that you end up playing with pain. Continuous pressure applied to the foot diagnosed with the condition can lead to more serious effects on the body, including major knee problems.
Basically, plantar faciitis in a nut shell, is an injury (sometimes slight tear) to the fascia, which is a thick band of tissue originating from the heel bone, but extends along the sole of the foot towards the five toes.
Although I mentioned how players usually play with and through the pain due to the injury on their foot, there are instances where the pain is too intense that the players may miss a few games. Or their performance is effected immensely.
I have a few players on my fantasy basketball roster with this condition. Sucks.
It’s not a surprise that some of the most nagging injuries in sports, are pin pointed to the feet. What turf toe essentially is … is when your toe bends up (ouch). This usually happens in football, and on artificial turf, because your shoe sticks to the ground which forces your body weight to go forward, bending your toe up (once again, ouch).
This injury used to be similar to plantar faciitis, in the sense of being expected to play through the discomfort. Unfortunately, many players who tried to perform on a turf toe, performed horribly. The injury obviously hindered their ability to do any athletic movements, and they risked further injury. The negative impact on having an athlete active on turf toe is big. Usually the opposing team can sense the injured player’s weakness, and exploit it.
More recently, players who suffer from turf toe simply do not play. They rest and heal. Sometimes the injury can take a long time to recover from though, so despite how insignificant “turf toe” sounds, it’s the real deal in terms of meaningful injuries.