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John Lackey – Pitching With Plantar Fasciitis

John Lackey, right-handed starting pitcher for the World Champion Chicago Cubs, will be 39 years old in October. He is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, yet will start Tuesday’s game against the Braves after getting some extended All Star Break rest. Lackey was effective over six innings in his last start on July 5th before going on the 10-day DL the following day. This will be his first start since being activated.

The likelihood that ten days of rest will have resolved Lackey’s problem is not great. It becomes more about how

Cortisone: To Inject Or Not To Inject – That Is The Question

After Mets’ shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera reportedly injured a ligament in his left thumb on May 6th, he continued to play, though in a pinch-hitting capacity. He was said to be “testing” the thumb before succumbing to the DL 10 days later (retroactive to May 14th). He returned to the disabled list in mid June after aggravating the not yet healed thumb while batting right-handed. Reports conflicted on the specifics of the injury, with Cabrera noting that he had torn the ligament, while the Mets initially announced the MRI was clean, and more recently stated that the injury is joint and not ligament related. Cabrera will be eligible for re-activation tomorrow and is scheduled to resume playing in a rehab start.

Cabrera has a history toughing it out and playing hurt. Many times. And for a variety of ailments. Perhaps that even plays into his growing list of injuries. Between his two recent DL stints, Cabrera received a cortisone injection before resuming competition. And so it goes…

Low or High? The Vast Difference Between Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains come in more than one variety and can involve more than just the ankle joint. The type of sprain depends on the position of the foot at the time of injury as well as the nature of the force involved. The greatest distinction is between the more typical sprain and the high ankle sprain, an entirely different injury.

The typical ankle sprain

The most common sprain,

Explaining Isaiah Thomas’ Hip Impingement

The Boston Celtics announced on Saturday that Isaiah Thomas, their 28-year-old star point guard, re-aggravated a “right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear” in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals against Cleveland. The injury will keep him out for the remainder of the playoffs and may require surgery. The initial insult to the hip occurred on March 15th and it was evidently exacerbated in a semifinal round contest on May 12th.

What is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)?

When abnormal contact occurs between the head (ball) of the femur and the acetabulum (the socket), it generally results in

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