Los Angeles Lakers starting power forward Pau Gasol was recently diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The injury comes at a time where the team was beginning to mesh well with one another with Gasol’s return as well as star point guard Steve Nash. Plantar Fasciitis, as Eric Pincus of the LA Times reports is,
…an inflammation of a tendon within the sole of the foot. It’s a relatively common injury that can be resolved with treatment and orthotics (customized shoe inserts).
Gasol’s right foot was examined by Dr. Kenneth Jung via MRI. The Lakers list their forward/center as probable against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The only cure for Plantar fasciitis is rest, however it has been noted that having a plantar fascia tear is more bearable than dealing with the inflammation:
Recently Richard Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls tore his plantar fascia, which has him still sidelined now for almost a month. A clean tear can actually heal more easily than dealing with the ongoing pain of plantar fasciitis.
Some players are able to go all season with the ailment. Some sit for a stretch to try to alleviate the inflammation.
Most recently, star Kobe Bryant dealt with the injury back in 2004 but did not sit out any games. This is not the first injury to Gasol this season as he previously sat out for 8 games with knee tendinitis before recently returning on the 18th of December.
This injury will only further complicate Gasol’s season as he is still struggling to find a comfort level within coach MIke D’Antoni‘s offense and along side star center Dwight Howard. However with Nash leading the offense and supplying Gasol with the best looks available, whether they are in the post or three point shots, it is believed that he will play through the injury and do it well.