Tennis player Roland Garros announced a decision after his left foot, but there is no alternative. “An intervention will release him without pain, but without movement.”

Nadal has treated his left leg.
Nadal has treated his left leg.Emanuel DunandAFP
  • Statement Nadal: “I don’t know what will happen after the tournament.”
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I’m going to take many days of my life. I have a chronic and healing injury to my leg. Rafael Nadal. May 5th. I don’t want to play hunting, but I have what I have. Tomorrow I will wake up terribly because today I will not drink anything. I live with a lot of inflammation. Rafael Nadal. May 12. I don’t know what will happen after Roland Garros. I have what I have on my feet and it will be difficult if I do not find a solution. Rafael Nadal. May 31

Last month, after every win and every defeat, Nadal felt that his legend was over. The injury to his left leg that he has been pulling since he was 19, Muller Weiss Syndrome, is bothering him and it is very possible that he will say enough soon. Is this your last Roland Garros? This may seem impossible due to his level of play, but not because of his illness. Not only does he know how much pain he is going through, but from his statement it can be concluded that the therapies that have always helped him are no longer working – special sleepers and insoles, mesotherapy, physiotherapy, penetration … – and he needs more. What’s the problem? That, as he recognized himself, there is no solution to his illness. Or, rather, his only solution is to have an operation and in this case an operation incompatible with playing tennis.

The doctor explained Diego Garcia-German, HM Torrelodones University Hospital Traumatologist and Medical Director of the Spanish Federation of Winter Sports (RFEDI): The most common surgery in this case is arthrodesis, which will release him without pain, but also without a large range of motion. Mারller-Weiss syndrome means that, for a variety of reasons, the blood flow to the scaphoid, a leg bone, is very low and so it is becoming necrotic. Intervention will make it possible to fix, block. He could keep walking and even play light games without any impact, but he could hardly run, jump or move to the side, as required by tennis. Of course you should leave the shield.

According to doctors, his illness, Mারller-Weiss syndrome, is rare among young people, but many other athletes have retired because they have lost blood supply due to a bone injury, for example, and its replacement is complicated. Even something, like a skier Lindsay Von, Despite his youth, his daily life ended with complications. In the case of the bone that affects Nadal, there will be another innovative treatment that will probably keep him active, but …

Options without certainty

In recent years, instead of arthrodesis, which is more classic, more osteotomy is being attempted. If the necrotic bone is fused in arthrodesis, the bone is cut off during the osteotomy and the two pieces are placed in a position that corrects the deformity. In principle, an osteotomy is consistent with sports life, but its scaffold effects need to be analyzed and it cannot be guaranteed that the pain will disappear, the doctor said. Angel OrejanaComplete University of Pediatrics Professor, who was present when Dr. Ernest MessiNader was diagnosed a few years ago by one of Mueller Weiss’s best experts.

As he analyzes, an osteotomy may give the Spaniard a few more seasons to play, but the success-risk ratio can be interesting. At the end of the day, chances are he will have surgery, he will have to be rehabilitated in three to six months and then his left leg will continue to ache in every run, every stop, every place. The injury at the age of 36 – completed today – the risk of retiring and doing it anyway, moreover, from home, not being able to play, is very high. Faced with these options, perhaps in recent times it has been considered better to leave it high, even with another Roland Garros title on the arm.

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