Pujols Making a (Slow) Comeback from Foot Surgery

3 months after foot surgery, Albert Pujols is almost ready to get back to baseballLast November, Los Angeles Angels’ first baseman Albert Pujols had foot surgery to give him some relief from the crippling heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis, and last week, the baseball star was finally cleared to hit off a tee as he moved slowly forward with his rehabilitation.

While the new clearance is a sign that Pujols is starting to recover, he is still not expected to see any playing time until late March.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a ligament that extends from the heel to the toes. The ligament becomes inflamed (or occasionally, torn) which results in heel pain. 

The pain may begin very intermittently, but in the following days, weeks, and months, it becomes more consistent, has greater intensity, and can even spread to the other foot (this gradual presentation could explain how Pujols, a 3 time NL MVP, was able to play through his injury for much of last season.) 

In typical situations, plantar fasciitis responds fairly well to conservative, non-surgical treatments like stretching exercises, medications, padding and strapping, orthotic devices, injection therapy, night splints, and physical therapy. If conservative treatment fails, other treatments, like shock wave therapy, may be used, with the aim of eliminating inflammation of plantar fasciitis without surgery. For many athletes, however, surgery becomes necessary, because the repeated trauma from playing sports exacerbates their injury beyond the point where non-invasive treatments can help.

If you are dealing with heel pain, don’t wait until an operation is your only treatment option. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today to begin less invasive treatments immediately.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.