I hate to be the bearer of more bad news for our Houston Rockets, but center Marcus Camby, who has been dealing with heel pain for the past few months, will have surgery for plantar fasciitis on his left foot this week. The Rockets have decided to release him, since he hasn’t been able to fully play during his entire time with the team.
According to Camby’s agent, the center could return to the game as a coach or scout while he recovers from surgery. Surgery for plantar fasciitis is a complex procedure, and recovery times are at least two to three months.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fasciia (which connects the heel to the toes, also forming the arch of the foot) becomes inflamed or torn. Plantar fasciitis causes intense heel pain and can be extremely debilitating, especially for someone, like Camby, who relies on his feet for his career.
Camby's plantar fascia injury has been bothering him since last year when he was still playing with the New York Knicks; he reportedly regrets not having had surgery earlier, since the injury may now become a career-ender. At 39, Camby is the second-oldest player in the NBA; the only older guy on the court is one-time superstar Steve Nash, who now plays for the Lakers.
The heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis is tremendous, and, as a Houston podiatrist, I am surprised that Camby has tried to play through his injury for so long. At my Tanglewood Foot Specialists office, I like to see you as soon as you start experiencing foot pain, so that any condition you may have doesn’t have the chance to get worse. Come see me if you want to heal quickly and avoid surgery if at all possible.