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Where’s the Chooch? Carlos Ruiz Out 4-6 Weeks

It appears my favorite Phillie is gonna be riding the pine due to plantar fasciitis.  Medical reports state that studies showed a partial tear of the plantar fascia and Chooch will be out 4-6 weeks. And why not, the year is going so well anyway!

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs on the bottom of the foot from the heel bone to the toes.  Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of this tissue in the area where it inserts into the heel bone.   Most commonly due to repetitive injury and overuse,  this inflammation, if severe enough can land you on the disabled list.  Making this even more painful, inflammation in this area can cause entrapment of a local nerve.

The plantar fascia’s job is to support the arch of the foot and stabilize the foot in the walking cycle.  Based on Carlos Ruiz’s job, he stresses his plantar fascia behind the plate more than 150 times (average pitches per game in MLB).  That number doesn’t include batting, running, and warmups.

The Phillies’ physician and trainers are dealing with a common but difficult foot injury and rest is the key to starting the healing process. But here is the bright side: Chooch will get better.

Has anyone ever suffered from this injury, if so answer me this:  How long did it take for it to go away?

Ryan Howard’s Achilles and how a phanatic podiatrist deals with frustration

Ugh. Another year my beloved Phillies bowed out of the postseason early. But this year was different:  Howard swung.  He exploded out of the box to beat out a groundball and ended up exploding his Achilles Tendon.

Howard Achilles Injury

Next Year is our year

The Achilles tendon is the strongest and thickest of all the tendons in the body. It’s function is to lift the foot/heel off the ground when running and walking.  A rupture of the tendon may occur after abrupt calf muscle contraction.  This occurs more frequently in males over the age of 30 who sporadically engage in sports.  My weekend warriors:  beware!

There may be an audible pop, and the injured warrior may feel like they were struck in the leg.  In a complete rupture, you would not be able to stand on your toes, let alone walk.

So when should you consider surgery?  Surgery has a 68% reduction in re-rupture when compared to non-surgical treatment.  There is also a quicker recovery especially when followed by physical therapy and rehab.  With a healthy patient that is active and able to tolerate the surgery, repair is usually the optimal treatment.

Our slugger underwent surgical repair and is recovering. Unfortunately, it will be  long time of recovery and rehab (4-6 months) and although it breaks my bleeding red heart, he may not return to his previous level. But! I choose to take the positive Zen-like outlook. Plus, I refuse to root for any other team.

How can you prevent an Achilles tendon rupture?  Be prepared for the sports you play. Be sure to stretch appropriately prior to activity and warm up well.  Don’t just jump in,  forget your high school glory days and play within your means.

The new update is that Ryan had an infection cleared out of the surgical area. This is a common complication with ANY surgery and fortunately for our slugger, the infection is cleared and he is on antibiotics.  Be patient everyone. While I got excited hearing about Howard blasting home runs in bp the past week, this is gonna be a process.  Let’s face it friends:  We need Howard in October.  I promise you he will be rocking and rolling then!