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It’s no secret that President Barack Obama has a passion for basketball. For example, every election day he hosts a pick-up game of basketball in his hometown of Chicago. He is also frequently playing on his court that he had installed at the White House with numerous political figures and friends. So, with how avid a basketball player he is and with all of the walking/traveling/standing he does on a day-to-day basis, it’s probably not another secret that his feet hurt. According to the presidential health exam conducted in May of this year, President Obama was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. It’s more commonly referred to as “heel pain”, or in this case, “basketball heel”.

 Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of your foot and it is one of the, if not the most common complaints your podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care deal with. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by numerous things, the most common being improper shoe gear. It is very important, especially for athletes, that proper shoe gear is worn at all times. Athletes do a lot of jumping, running, cutting, landing, and falling so their feet take a beating. If they are wearing shoes that don’t fit them, that beating will actually be worse than expected. There are a couple things you want to keep in mind when buying your next pair of shoes. First, when trying them on, make sure you have at least a thumb’s width from your big toe to the end of the shoe. Second, and probably one of the most common mistakes, is making sure the width of the shoe is appropriate. The last thing you want is your feet to be crammed in your shoes. Lastly, make sure the heel of the shoe is solid or stiff. You really want to have good ankle support, and if not, your heel will continuously move around in your shoe and increase the chances of future heel pain.

 Naturally, if none of these tips work, please make an appointment with your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. We can properly measure the length and width of your feet and make the proper recommendations for shoe gear. 

By Varun Gujral

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