Dwyane Wade has sat out three consecutive games with what has been described as a bruised foot, but in talking with Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel Monday he used some scary language.
“I don’t know, man, it’s just hurting. It could be three different things. (Plantar fasciitis is) one of them. The bruise is one of ’em. Maybe it’s a combination. I just know that it’s in the area of the plantar fascia and I know it’s bruised as well. Whatever it is, it’s just taking its course, taking its time to get healthy.”
Plantar fasciitis is a chronic foot condition, a painful inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs the length of the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. It’s basically an overuse injury.
The treatment: Rest. Lots of it.
Which is the worrisome part. Come back to fast and it can come and go, lingering through the season. It happened to a lot of players over time, including Tyreke Evans last season. In a condensed schedule it would be harder to heal.
Now, maybe it’s just a bruise. Either way, patience is the key. With the Heat having gone 3-0 without Wade and LeBron James just basically pretending he’s in Cleveland South and dominating, Miami can afford to wait. You don’t need Dwyane Wade in January, you need him rested and ready in April and beyond.
For much of last season plantar fasciitis slowed Tyreke Evans. He missed long stretches of games (19 at one point), and when he did play he was not exploding to the hole in the way that won him Rookie of the Year (he got to the rim two fewer times per game in his sophomore campaign).
There is only one real cure for plantar fasciitis – rest. That is what Tyreke Evans has gotten since the season ended.
And he told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated it worked.
“I’m 100 percent. My foot is fine. I’m just looking for this year to start and to go out there and play. When it’s time, I’ll go out there and just play like I played my first year in the league. [Last season] I was [always] thinking about it.”
Evans is playing a little, ball, he is scheduled to be part of an All-Star exhibition game in Manila. And with more time to go this summer (even if the NBA starts next season on schedule) he should be good to for what will be an interesting Kings team. With DeMarcus Cousins, John Salmons and Jimmer Fredette, they have some guys who can score but how it all gets blended together will be the challenge.
You know that shock-wave thing your uncle had to break up his kidney stones a decade ago? That’s pretty much what Tyreke Evans had done to his left foot today.
And that’s going to keep him out at least three more weeks, according to a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo.
Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot all season. Back around Christmas he considered having this procedure, but decided not to play through it.
Thing is, the only real cure for this is condition is rest. Good luck getting during the season. Even with missing a couple games and then the All-Star break, Evans foot still bothered him too much to play. So he had another MRI and met with a doctor in Los Angeles Tuesday.
That’s when he got the treatment, called corporeal shockwave treatment. He will be evaluated again in three weeks, but he could be out longer.
There’s disagreement in the medical community about whether or not corporeal shockwave treatments work. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and Evans foot was enough of a pain — literally — for him to try this.