The Common Ailment That Has Sidelined Albert Pujols
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The painful foot injury that has plagued former St. Louis Cardinal Albert Pujols for years has landed him on the Los Angeles Angels disabled list with what could be a season-ending injury.
The common ailment is called plantar fasciitis.
“Plantar fasciitis is essentially an inflammation of a tissue on the bottom of your foot, called plantar fascia,” Dr. Adnen Cutuk, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine doctor at Saint Louis University Hospital, explains. “The main function of that plantar fascia tissue is to help support our arch.”
Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot, an injury that has bothered him most of the season. He aggravated it while running out a single in the ninth inning of a loss to Oakland this week.
Cutuk says the ailment strikes 10 percent of Americans over our lifetimes. It is seen in more women than men and, unsurprisingly, is more common in people with impact activities, like athletes.
Plantar fasciitis usually takes about ten months to resolve. The conventional treatment includes a combination of stretching exercises and icing.