It’s official: John Wall to have surgery on heel, done for season

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This was the expected outcome after news leaked of John Wall seeing a specialist who recommended heel surgery to relieve the pain of bone spurs.

Now it’s official, Wall will have the surgery and will not return to basketball activities for six to eight months. From the official release by the Wizards:

Wizards guard John Wall will undergo a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI, next week on a day to be determined.

Haglund’s deformity is a type of bone spur:

Haglund’s deformity is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel. The soft tissue near the Achilles tendon becomes irritated when the bony enlargement rubs against shoes. 

Wall had tried to play through the pain in his foot, but it had thrown his game off. Wall is shooting just 30.2 percent from three, has an 18.5 PER that would be his lowest since his sophomore season, and his efficiency wasn’t the same. Wall also didn’t work as hard off the ball, nor did he defend as well this past season. Washington has been 5.1 points per 100 possessions better with Wall off the court this season.

Wall missed 41 games last season with a knee issue. He played 32 games this season.

Wall’s four-year max extension kicks in next season at a salary of $38.2 million (and climbs from there).