Kaleigh Dickson, a top level collegiate gymnast for Louisiana State, competed in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional. Unfortunately, Dickson’s competition was cut short after tearing the plantar fascia in her right foot during one of her performances. Dickson’s team was still able to score a national record and will compete at the NCAA Championships, but at the cost of doing so without Dickson being there.
In order to find other contenders for the floor and vault categories, coach D-D Breaux would need to bring in reserve members of the squad. Due to her absence, Dickson’s team may have lowered chances of scoring in the championships.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Lack of adequate footwear
- Excessive running
- Poor foot support
How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
- Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience. Requires multiple sessions. This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
- Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.
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