First of all I’m nowhere near a Doctor, but considering that our Rookie
of the Year big man from Gonzaga and only true center on the roster are suffering from this condition, I guess I should try and go into it a bit.
From ESPN reporter, Chris Forsberg, here are the latest updates on the case of plantar fasciitis in the Boston Celtics:
Celtics rookie first-round pick Kelly Olynyk did not participate in the summer camp for the Canadian national men’s team due to a lingering case of plantar fasciitis, but Ainge said the 13th overall pick is doing better as camp nears. “Kelly had some plantar fasciitis and a little back tightness,” said Ainge. “But he’s fine now, he’s playing, he’s working out everyday. He should be fine for training camp.” Another of Boston’s rookies — Brazilian center Vitor Faverani — is also battling the painful foot inflammation. “Vitor’s been working hard,” said Ainge. “He also has a little of plantar fasciitis, so he doesn’t do a lot of the extra conditioning. He does a lot where, he’s got his own conditioning, he doesn’t condition with the team as much. He has been playing, he’s a very talented player. And what we saw from Vitor, even before he got here, we have had no surprises.”
Plantar fasciitis, real quick, is a foot inflammation. Thankfully I’ve never had to deal with it, but apparently, it is extremely painful. Now, getting a bit more technichal, plantar fasciitis according to the all-reliable Wikipedia:
Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue or ligament on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia, increases in activities, weight or age. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly.
Based on the short description one can conclude that the thing is very common in athletes. We’d heard from the thing with Greg Stiemsma before, remember that golden hair shot blocker?
The important takeaway is that its a condition that requires a lot of care. For an athlete, that may be just stop being such an athlete for a while. Get some rest, do not add much pressure to your feet, run the least you can, etc. As I said, I’m no Doctor.
Every human being relies on their feet for daily living, and an athlete even more. So when one hears that Olynyk is suffering from plantar fasciitis that’s something important. Imagine trying to run with a burning sensation on your feet, I’d just stop and drop to the ground. But this dude’s job is to run, so you bet he’s been extremely careful all offseason long, taking care of the thing so it does not become a recurrent issue through the season or even his career.
A bit of good news between the not so good news, Olynyk said a month ago that his plantar fasciitis was indeed improving. “[The plantar fasciitis] is improving,” said Olynyk. “I just have to keep working to get it better every day, doing things I can do.”
It will be very important for KO, Vitor and the team doctors to ensure both are 100% before playing the games. If they play not being 100% healthy, they’ll risk plantar fasciitis becoming a recurrent and painful issue all throughout the season. If they are not ready just yet, rest them till they are. Or let them rest back to backs.
KO says that exactly that is what’s happening: “I’m just trying to work with [the team doctors] and make sure we’re doing the right things at the right time and not try and rush anything that could be detrimental in the future.”
It does not sound that serious, but its something to pay attention to.
Just take care of those feet, Kelly and Vitor. There’d be nothing I’d hate more than seeing “Sunshine’s” season cut short just like it happened with Sully.