Tennis champion battles rare foot condition

Tennis champion battles rare foot condition


Tennis champion battles rare foot condition

I’ve followed sports — and the injuries suffered by athletes — my whole life.

As an 8-year-old, I knew what a “pulled hamstring” was because my favorite football player — Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield — had strained his left hamstring in the days leading up to the team’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl VIII.

The year I turned 9, I learned what a career-saving miracle — and medical breakthrough — “Tommy John surgery” was for baseball pitchers. Tommy John was a left-handed pitcher who, in 1974, was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. John’s throwing ability was salvaged thanks to the then-revolutionary — and experimental — technique of harvesting a ligament from his own body and using it to reconstruct the elbow’s injured ligament.

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