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Plantar Fasciitis Sidelines Buffalo Bills’ Jairus Byrd: Treatment Options

Posted by on Monday, September 2nd, 2013


Last week, we talked about heel pain as a menace for professional athletes. This week, the Buffalo Bills’ safety Jairus Byrd became the next casualty in the war against plantar fasciitis. Byrd was drafted as Buffalo’s second pick in 2009 and tied the league lead for interceptions his first year out of the starting gate. In fact, his nine interceptions were five more than any other rookie had. He was designated to become a free agent last year, but the Bills paid a $6.9 million franchise tender to keep him. The team is thankful that this injury does not require surgery, but they would prefer to keep the star player on the field for a healthy season.

How Bad Is Plantar Fasciitis For A Pro Athlete?

Naysayers might argue, “It’s not like anything is broken! Can’t he just play through the pain?” However, as any heel pain sufferer knows, plantar pain can be excruciating! Sports Illustrated called plantar fasciitis “the most maddening injury in sports.” Generally, athletes follow the same predictable pattern when diagnosed with heel pain. First, the athlete insists he’ll be back in a few days. A week later, he returns for the first time, but the pain is worse than ever. Several weeks of rest pass. The foot begins to feel better and the athlete aggravates the injury at practice. The athlete goes through physical therapy and gets custom-fitted insoles. He makes a highly publicized comeback, but soon lands back in the trainer’s room. The bottom line is that plantar fasciitis can be a dogging injury to shake — and it can’t be fixed quickly. Byrd told reporters he’s been working “as much as my body can endure” to return to the field. However, coach Doug Marrone said Byrd wasn’t able to participate much in practice Sunday and isn’t sure if he’ll play in the season opener against the New England Patriots. If he’s wise, he’ll take time to recuperate properly.


Reader Remedies For Plantar Fasciitis

Readers recently shared their plantar fasciitis experiences with the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel. The writer said it took more than a year with new shoes and shoe inserts to get fully back on-track. Other suggestions for home heel pain treatment included:

  • Soaking the feet in an ice bath twice a day for 10-15 minutes.
  • Buying products like Yoga Toes or HTP Heel Seats for added support.
  • Trying out custom orthotic shoe inserts.
  • Visiting an acupuncture clinic every couple years.
  • Getting a cortisone shot to help with immediate pain.

Stretches For Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers


Outside Online recommends several at-home stretches that can be effective over time. Strengthening the toes can work wonders to protect the heel from further damage. Six to eight massage treatments can help soothe the acute pain in the meantime. Here at our NY Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we offer advanced techniques for plantar fasciitis pain, such as cryosurgery and pulse activation treatment.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.