Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning may need to keep off his feet for several months in order to heal his torn plantar fascia. It's really too bad. He probably could have avoided this scenario by putting his feet up to begin with and following specific measures to heal his plantar fasciitis. But as the quarterback of his team that was probably never going to happen.

As a Seattle podiatrist, my advice is if you already have an injury or foot condition; don't tempt fate by continuing to play on it. The risk of an injury that will take you out is great.

So who's likely to get a potentially career ending injury like Peytons?

Certain Foot Types

Interestingly Peyton's brother Eli has also suffered from heel pain. Although heel pain per se is not known to run in families, foot types do. It's very likely that both Eli and Peyton have excessive pronation due to faulty foot structure, like a flat foot. A high arched foot can also place you at higher risk for plantar fasciitis.

Tight Calf Muscles

Tight calf muscles or equinus can also contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. A tight calf muscle limits the ability to move forward at the ankle. When this happens something has to give--that something is the plantar fascia. If you're got tight calf muscles and you overstress that part of your body by running or playing football you're at greater risk for heel pain

Older weekend warriors

Older runners and athletes are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than their younger counterparts. And if you're just playing on the weekend, that risk goes up even higher. Age was also likely a factor for Peyton. For a football player 39 is old. Although he might have gotten away with heel pain in his 20s, his older body just couldn't bounce back the way it once could.

More information about heel pain and other sports injuries:

Can A Simple Exercise Really Help Remedy Plantar Fasciitis?
Do Your Feet Feel Like Your Walking on Razor Blades?
Painful Foot Conditions in Women Runners

So if you're a runner or athlete and have foot pain or heel pain, stop running on it and come and see me.

Call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, often same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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