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

August 5th, 2012

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?

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