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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gary Neal re-aggravates plantar fasciitis

By on 12/15/2013 01:00:00 PM

During the first half of last night's game against the Mavericks in Dallas, Milwaukee Bucks guard Gary Neal was forced to leave the game because of the plantar fasciitis that has plagued him all season. Cliff Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the first to report an update on Neal via Twitter.

Primarily in a bench role for Milwaukee, Neal has had a respectable season when he has been healthy enough to be on the court. In 20 games he has averaged 10 points, an assist and two rebounds in an average of 21 minutes on the court.

The Bucks haven't released any further information on treatment for Neal or his status for practice this week. This is the fifth time this season that the condition has been significant enough to hold restrict Neal from taking the court, and Milwaukee may have to seek more aggressive treatment for his condition now.

If Neal does miss time, fans should expect to see expanded minutes for Luke Ridnour and Nate Wolters.


  1. Dear Derek,
    I am a podiatrist in Toronto, Canada, and have been treating people who suffer from heel pain due to chronic planatr fasciitis, like Gary Neal, for years. Plantar fasciitis can be quite debilitating and is a very common problem with athletes. Baseball great Albert Pujols has been suffering with heel pain due to plantar fasciitis for years. Many people will improve with a combination of rest, orthotics (which relieve the stress on the plantar fascia - a broad ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes) anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy, but when these modalities are not successful, the condition can become chronic. This appears to be the situation with Gary Neal.

    In the past, chronic heel spur pain, or plantar fasciitis, was treated with surgery, but this could result in significant down time. I stopped performing surgery for this painful foot problem when I learned about a non-surgical sound wave modality called extracorporeal shockwave. Athletes can walk immediately and most people will experience a significant improvement with only one treatment. For more information please visit
    Sincerely, Sheldon Nadal, D.P.M.

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