Foot Doctor Explains Rafa Nadals RARE Foot Condition

SonnyT

Hall of Fame
Whatever injury it may be - I'm sure it will vanish before Monte Carlo next year. That's how Nadal' injuries have always worked.
One reason is clay is much more forgiving to this condition than HC. Moya said the same thing in a statement.
 

ChrisG

Professional
which means it wasn't the main factor in his RG21 defeat
Of course it wasn’t. Novak was the better player that day and I haven’t heard Nadal with the injury card on that loss.
Anybody who played competitive tennis (or any other sport) know well that there’s always an injury that bothers you. nobody competes injury free. It can be blisters, shoulder soreness etc…
Some injuries are more troublesome than others, and I think Rafa’s is not an easy one, but he has played all his career with this problem.
 

BumElbow

Rookie
I have been watching Foot Doc Zach on YouTube for a while now. His tennis shoe reviews are excellent!

Sadly, Nadal's congenital foot injury could end his career. Here's wishing him a full recovery.
 

feetofclay

Semi-Pro
I have been watching Foot Doc Zach on YouTube for a while now. His tennis shoe reviews are excellent!

Sadly, Nadal's congenital foot injury could end his career. Here's wishing him a full recovery.
Everyone has an opinion.

Müller-Weiss Syndrome! Rafael Nadal is about to end his career

He "only" announced it as the end of his 2021 season. But it is becoming more and more likely that clay court king Rafael Nadal will never return to the tennis tour! Reason: A rare, chronic and not entirely curable foot disease.

Rafael Nadal: is he finally saying bye-bye?
Nick Wass / AP / picturedesk.com
It can be seen as unlikely that the 40-year-old Roger Federer will ever return to the ATP tour after his new knee operation. Dominic Thiem was forced to take a break for at least another six months due to a wrist injury.
And now there are increasing signs that Rafael Nadal has got it worse than initially assumed. He suffers from "Müller-Weiß Syndrome"! This is a cartilage of the left navicular bone, a bone between the heel and ball of the foot.
"My foot has been torturing me for a year," said the 35-year-old, who had to cancel Wimbledon, Olympics and, most recently, the US Open as a result. "I can hardly train, let alone compete in tournaments!" He says he is confident that he will be fit again in 2022.
But the usual prognosis for Müller-Weiß-Syndrome says the opposite: Nadal will soon have to be happy to be able to walk halfway painlessly at all. Competitive sport? Practically impossible!

Degenerative, chronic and hardly curable
The prominent French sports doctor Gilbert Versier explained in L'Equipe: "The bone deteriorates and deteriorates, the blood becomes necrotic and the bone decomposes - this is extremely painful!" Even an operation can hardly bring a cure, at best relief - and only if the disease is already well advanced.
The disease mainly affects people over 40 years of age and is favored by chronic overload. The earlier the disease is recognized and treated or the affected foot is given rest, the better. But Nadal has been dragging the sick foot over the tennis courts of the world for almost a year.

 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Whatever injury it may be - I'm sure it will vanish before Monte Carlo next year. That's how Nadal' injuries have always worked.
It doesn't need to vanish.
Nadal was a very winnable Set Point from winning that 98 minute 3rd Set vs Djokovic, the most physical set of tennis Nadal has ever played.
That foot is painful, but less painful on clay.
Even a dog knows clay is easier to run on than hardcourt, so Nadal will most likely skip the AO because the foot injury is more painful on hardcourt.
 

Milanez82

Hall of Fame
I wonder if this foot issue is behind his below usual serving accuracy this year and abnormal number of double faults?
 

feetofclay

Semi-Pro
He has said that he wears shoes that are too small. I wonder if that has anything to do with it?
Rafa was asked about this, he said, “No, this is not true. I am normally a 10-and-a-half and I wear a tailor-made one to play that is a 10. But as I say it is tailor-made so not a real number.”
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
But the usual prognosis for Müller-Weiß-Syndrome says the opposite: Nadal will soon have to be happy to be able to walk halfway painlessly at all. Competitive sport? Practically impossible!

Degenerative, chronic and hardly curable
The prominent French sports doctor Gilbert Versier explained in L'Equipe: "The bone deteriorates and deteriorates, the blood becomes necrotic and the bone decomposes - this is extremely painful!"
He has had it since at least 2005.
Has won 20 Slams with it. As far as we know he has never had surgery for it. Managed it with orthotics.

Unless he clarifies otherwise, we have to presume that he was 100% at RG Semi Final. He looked fine during the 90 minute thrilling third set... Don't know what happened in the fourth set. Most likely physical fatigue. Our Djoker just wore him out.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Nadal never looked fine in that 98 minute 3rd Set vs. Djokovic.
It was the most error-prone match Nadal has ever played at Roland Garros.
Djokovic should be ashamed of himself for needed that long to beat Nadal.
It shows the tremendous difference in talent, Nadal a pure genius, while Djokovic a dog.
 
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