According to the New York Times, plantar fasciitis can affect people from any socioeconomic background, even Barack Obama. Dr. Ronny L. Jackson states that the president has been suffering with pains in relation to “regular recurring plantar fasciitis.” The foot condition typically affects the middle-aged of which Obama is 52 years old. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the over-straining or over-irritating of the arch supporting ligament that connects the heel to the toe. 

Due to the president’s extremely active position and lifestyle where he is consistently on his feet, he was just as susceptible to the condition as any other middle-aged individual. Other than his recurring plantar fasciitis, Obama is generally still in good health. “The president continues to focus on healthy lifestyle choices,” Dr. Jackson said. “He eats a healthy diet, exercises daily, remains tobacco free, and only drinks alcohol occasionally and in moderation.”

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can be treated through various methods. For more information regarding plantar fasciitis, contact podiatrist Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will attend to any of your foot and ankle needs. 

The Condition Known as Plantar Fasciitis

An inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, Plantar Fasciitis can cause a great deal of pain in the arch and heel of the foot.


Treatments That Can Help Plantar Fasciitis

  • Shockwave Therapy- works by sending sound waves to the sites where pain is being experienced. Commonly used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis, shockwave therapy usually requires multiple sessions
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively smaller new study but shown to be effective in most cases treated
  • Conservative Measures- ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication

What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Lack of adequate footwear
  • Bad foot support
  • Overpronation
  • Obesity


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