My husband is in his mid-30's and plays basketball daily (60 to 90 minutes) with a group of men, which he has been doing for years. A few years ago, he developed severe plantar faciitis, requiring surgery to resolve. His surgery was successful, but about a year ago, he began struggling with calf issues. He thought these were muscle strains (in both calves), so he took a week off and then tried to play again. No matter how much time he takes off the pain returns IMMEDIATELY when he starts to play basketball. The pain lasts for about a day and then is completely gone. He recently took 6 weeks off and today, his first day back, after playing for about 5 minutes, the pain was back and he had to quit. He has tried orthotics and different stretching/icing routines as well. He reminds me of a college athlete friend who had chronic exertional compartment syndrome. I know this is typically a condition of high performance athletes, which my husband is not :-), but I wondered if the fact that he had plantar faciitis would make it more likely that he could suffer from chronic exertional compartment syndrome, as both are issues with "tight" facia. We are also wondering if he needs to see an orthopedic surgeon? His PCP has recommended the ice, rest, and orthotics, but now is suggesting he find a new sport. Any input would be appreciated.
Asked by jennyg - 1 answer - 8 years 13 weeks ago