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Tennis News: Milos Raonic Leaves Monte Carlo With Foot Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Canadian Milos Raonic is a giant in the world of tennis. Not only is the 24-year-old a towering six-foot-five, but he’s also renowned for using an exciting-to-watch full court playing style that has his opponents scrambling and banking points using strong, consistent ground strokes. He’s won six career titles, including his recent upset of Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells this spring. Most importantly, the tennis pro has hair so perfect that apparently it warrants its own Twitter page (which has 781 followers, by the way). So, it was bad news for fans this past week when Milos Raonic retired early from his match against Czech Tomas Berdych in Monte Carlo with a foot injury.

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Milos Raonic suffers a foot injury in Monte Carlo. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

What Happened To Milos Raonic?

According to Yahoo! News, it was clear that Milos Raonic wasn’t playing like himself in the quarter-finals of the Rolex Masters in Monte Carlo. In the 31 minutes he played, he was pulling up to hop on his left leg after shots and wasn’t serving to his normal standard. Down 2-5 in the first set, Raonic called it quits after a visit from his trainer and physician confirmed the worst.

“It’s painful, and now the entire foot is numb. So I can’t push off, I can’t run to the right. I can’t stop.  As soon as the weight goes off my toe, I don’t have  any control. So I can’t push off to serve,” Raonic reported.

Raonic refused medication for the injury, conceding that he’d better get his foot properly examined to see what was going on if he is to have any hope of continuing his busy spring schedule including events in Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, and Paris.

Possible Causes of Foot Numbness & Limited Mobility

“Typically, foot numbness or tingling signals a problem with the nerves— most commonly caused by inflammation or a benign tumor growth called a neuroma,” explains Dr. Josef J. Geldwert from The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Regarding Raonic, Dr. Geldwert comments: “It seems like his foot injury was a result of a neuroma or compression of the intermetatarsal nerve.” The tarsal tunnel running through the center of the foot includes three tendons, an artery, veins and the tibial nerve. When the soft tissues inflame and compress the nerve, it can cause numbness and pain in runners or tennis players. Often, the repeated pounding of high impact sports causes micro-trauma and neuroma growth.

This week, it was confirmed that a pinched nerve did indeed force Raonic off the court. That’s good news for fans who hope to see him play at the Madrid Tennis Open on May 23rd. Two to four weeks is the usual prognosis for a nerve injury, as long as other soft tissues are not severely injured as well. Raonic’s camp says that, with a bit of “rest and therapy,” the tennis star will be back in the game in no time.

Primary treatments include rest, ice, elevation, and massage. However, should you ever find yourself stick with a pinched nerve, we at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine can administer immediate pain relief including corticosteroid shots and MLS laser therapy. We also offer more advanced treatments for chronic cases such as shockwave therapy and platelet rich plasma that prompt natural healing. In extreme cases, we may recommend cryotherapy, chemical neurolysis, or surgery.

Treatment for Tennis Foot Injuries in NYC

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is your go-to source for acute and chronic tennis injuries in New York City. Our board-certified podiatrists will first seek to diagnose the cause of your injury and alleviate immediate pain. We offer advanced treatments including custom orthotic creation, ultrasounds, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy. We also perform platelet rich plasma and biopuncture injections, ultrasonic debridement, focused aspiration of scar tissue, and MLS pain laser therapy. In the worst cases, our highly trained surgeons will attend to your needs and see you through an active recovery by offering physical therapy and emotional support for the challenging road ahead.

Our in-depth knowledge of tennis injuries leads to better results for our patients. We’ve served the needs of professional tennis players competing in both the A&P and Newsweek tennis classics, so we know what it takes to get you back to top-level competition as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule your appointment in Manhattan or White Plains.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.