Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade battles foot injury, sticks to the sidelines throughout early season

Jay S. Berenter | San Diego podiatrist

Professional athletes are especially prone to plantar fasciitis and other sports injuries.

By Jay S. Berenter, DPM, FACFAS

The Miami Heat’s superstar shooting guard Dwayne Wade made headlines last week after his girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union, threw him a spectacular and star-studded birthday bash at a swanky South Beach hotel. However, once the festivities subsided, it became clear that the Heat’s prized player would nevertheless remain on the sidelines when it came to his day job, thanks to a persistent foot injury and now a sprained ankle – both of which have kept him off the court throughout much of the team’s early season.

Earlier in January, both Wade and coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged that plantar fasciitis might be the cause of Wade’s performance-impeding injury. As Spoelstra explained it, Wade’s injury is “mostly a bruise;” something that can result from one too many hard knocks on the court and that, in Spoelstra’s opinion, can feel similar to plantar fasciitis in some cases. More recently, however, Dwayne Wade has continued to lay low, even in the face of a three-game losing streak for the Heat. The combination of consistent foot pain and now a sprained ankle have found Wade out for nearly half a dozen games thus far over the course of the season. Under the circumstances, it is no surprise that Wade’s coach and teammates are supporting his decision to rest up, get healthy, and receive extended treatment from podiatrists with experience in handling plantar fasciitis and other troublesome sports injuries.

Custom orthotics and cutting-edge treatments are the keys for success against plantar fasciitis

Foot injuries, and especially plantar fasciitis, are common among professional athletes due to the intense level of physical activity and perpetual strain that comes hand in hand with one’s status as an elite athlete. A frequent side effect of rigorous running and training workouts, plantar fasciitis is defined as an inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the foot. The results of plantar fasciitis may include multiple symptoms, such as pain, aching, stiffness and sometimes a burning sensation in the affected area; and while these symptoms are undeniably uncomfortable and inconvenient for athletes like Dwayne Wade, they are also treatable thanks to the expertise and ingenuity of today’s skilled and certified podiatrists.

As one of the leading podiatrists in Southern California and a consultant for the past four Olympic games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, I’ve dealt with countless cases of plantar fasciitis – and helped return many professional and amateur athletes alike to fighting form with a combination of custom orthotics and the latest radial shockwave therapy. At our San Diego podiatry office located at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, we offer the best in cutting-edge and individualized treatment options for all our patients: to learn more about plantar fasciitis treatments or to schedule an appointment, visit us online at

Related posts:

  1. Salon safety alert: tips to keep nails healthy and avoid fungus, infection and disease
  2. Stiletto-wearing celeb Victoria Beckham incites health warnings – but are shoes really to blame for bunions?
  3. Laser technology yields simple, pain-free relief for fungal nails
  4. Custom orthotics can put injured athletes back in fighting form
  5. Score sandal-ready feet this summer with cutting-edge laser technology

Short URL:

Posted by Social Media Staff on Jan 24, 2012. Filed under Columns, Dr. Jay Berenter, Sponsored Columns. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

La Jolla Community Calendar


Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

RSS North Coastal News

  • Congregation Beth Am Labor Day Picnic September 2, 2014
    Congregation Beth Am held a festive Labor Day Picnic Sept. 1. This year is the 31st anniversary of this synagogue that started in a tire store in Solana Beach. […]
  • Suspects attempt to rob Solana Beach bank ATM September 2, 2014
    An attempt to break into an ATM at a Solana Beach bank branch early Sept. 2 using a cutting torch ended with the cash machine in flames and two suspects fleeing empty-handed. The suspects set off the ATM's alarm during the failed heist shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive near Glencrest Drive, according to sheriff's Lt. […]
  • First phase of Earl Warren Middle School reconstruction begins in Solana Beach September 2, 2014
    As kids kicked back this summer, San Dieguito Union High School District kicked off the first phase of its complete reconstruction of Earl Warren Middle School. The $41 million project is made possible by the passage of Proposition AA. […]