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Seles article... finally some news.

Wish it were better news....

Frustrated Seles sits and watches as foot heals

by Mic Huber — Feb 06, 2004

Monica Seles was thousands of miles away from where the Australian Open was being played, but the Sarasota resident kept close tabs on the year's first Grand Slam event. Seles paid particular attention to the way Marat Safin overcame an injury that kept him away from tennis much of last year to make a run to the final against Roger Federer.

"The way he was able to play so many matches was amazing," Seles said.

She also took note of the disappointment of Amelie Mauresmo, who reached the quarterfinals, only to have to default because of a back injury.

"I felt so bad for her," Seles said. "To get that far, then not be able to play."

Seles can commiserate with any player dealing with pain and injury. The former No. 1 player in the world has dealt with her share of pain and injury, and is now trying to rehabilitate from a foot injury that threatens her career. Seles missed most of last year with the foot injury and has no idea when, or if, she will be back on tour.

"There is no timetable," Seles said recently. She wishes there was.

Seles admits to be frustrated by the lingering injury. She sometimes sits and holds a racket in her hand but is unable to get out on a court. She can't run.

"I can't walk on the sand."

Seles has been in a cast for the past nine weeks and will be for another three or four weeks. Then there will be another MRI to determine the condition of her left foot and whether the bone that became split has been healing. Seles has spent most of her time recently in New York, where her rehab has included laser treatments. She really can't even enjoy things like trying out new restaurants because she has been on a low-carb diet in an attempt to stay in shape. And it is hard to enjoy much of anything else because of the brutal winter weather in New York.

"I had to come home for a while," Seles said. "It has been so incredibly cold. I missed the Sarasota weather."

She also misses not being able to play tennis, and holds out hope that her career is not finished. But she also has declined to have surgery on the foot. She has never had surgery and is determined not to start now.

Seles, now 30, finished last year out of the top 10. That was the first time that has happened (except for 1994, when she didn't compete after being stabbed in 1993) since 1988, her first year on the tour.

If there is a tennis god, Seles' foot will heal and she will be able to return to the game. One of the best competitors (and genuinely one of the nicest and most sincere players) in the game, Seles deserves to go out fighting instead of quietly.

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I was so hoping that she had had definitive surgery.....

I thought she had had some operative procedure, since she was in a cast.
Conservative treatment of lower extremity stress fractures is so often disapointing. .. :-(


Get under the knife u fool or do what it takes, so u can come back and kick some ass!!!!!!!


Oh!, and yeah, for Gods sake keep to the diet....... :-) wanna see u skinny and quick and razor sharp.......:-)
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i can't describe how this makes me feel. she deserves so much more than this. hopefulla all goes well and she will be able to play a little more, or just be able to run around normally.
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I was so hoping that she had had difinitive surgery.....

I thought she had had some procedure, isince she was in a cast. Conservative treatment of lower extremity stress fractures is so often disapointing. .. :-(


Get under the knife u fool or do what it takes, so u can come back and kick some ass!!!!!!!
the surgery is not nearly a guarantee. she risks more having the surgery than what she is doing now. she's looking a little bit past her career. the surgery could be quite damaging.
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I hope she's swimming a LOT. How can you keep in ANY sort of condition when you can't even walk on a soft forgiving surface? This sounds like way more than http://www.plantar-fasciitis.org/, which is what i thought the problem was.

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Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the long, flat ligament on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) stretches irregularly and develops small tears that cause the ligament to become inflamed. This inflammation is caused most often by walking with an abnormal step (abnormal inward twisting of the foot, called pronation). Over time, this slightly abnormal step may increase tension on the plantar fascia and cause it to become inflamed.

Treatment without surgery is usually successful in relieving the inflammation and pain of plantar fasciitis, especially if treatment is started when the symptoms of heel pain are first noticed.

Plantar fasciitis can be aggravated by certain activities that put repeated stress on the plantar fascia ligament. Activities such as prolonged walking or standing, or sports such as running or basketball, can put additional stress on the plantar fascia ligament. If the heel pain is not treated, plantar fasciitis can become long-lasting (chronic) and cause constant heel pain while standing or walking. Other health conditions, such as being overweight, can put additional stress on the ligament.

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I'm glad to hear she is adhering to a diet. It would be a shame if her foot healed and she came back too out of shape to be a contender.

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I hope she's swimming a LOT. How can you keep in ANY sort of condition when you can't even walk on a soft forgiving surface? This sounds like way more than http://www.plantar-fasciitis.org/, which is what i thought the problem was.
Plantar Fascitis was only a side effect of the stress fracture, which is the primary problem and has been since mid-1999.

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depends on the fracture type and location. Of course no one here believes I know what im saying, or that this is what I do for a living..... ;-). But it is. ...........
Some of these foot stresss fractures are initially treated with rest, but many require surgical intervention if not responding. Hers did not respond in a big way. It really does depend on the bone involved and the degree of fracture and displacement ect.

I hope Monica didnt say no to surgery against good advice.

It might well be too late. But conservative Mx of these fractures is frequently unsuccesful, particularly in elite athletes, who stress the bones so much after rest........

Monica doesnt need "some success". Shes a champion. She should be at her best or not play, IMO. I want to see her at her best.

Lets face it, she doesn't need to play more cos she wants to afford movie channels on her cable.. :-)

She should be competing to win slams.
And, damn I hope she does, now that would be a great story....-)
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Did anyone else thingk that it was unusual that pam shriver and MJF pretty much did not mention monica in the aus open broadcasts, despite endless discussions of injured players?
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It seems that the surgery has potentially hazardous side effects. Here's what I found from googling sesamoid fracture:

Treatment for a sesamoid fracture involves keeping the injured foot completely immobilized without weight bearing for 6 to 8 weeks. The first metatarsophalangeal joint also must be fully immobilized.

If pain persists in the forefoot after 8 weeks of treatment, or if joint function is not restored in the first metatarsophalangeal joint, asesamoidectomy may be necessary. This procedure is a last resort, however, because removal of one or both sesamoid bones, or damage to the surrounding soft tissue structures, can severely compromise normal foot function. For example, surgically removing the medial sesamoid requires an incision along the inner side (medial aspect) of the big toe's metatarsophalangeal joint. Cutting these tissues may damage the joint capsule, resulting in weakness and a misalignment of the metatarsal-phalangeal joint and leading to the development of a bunion.

A bunion is a bulge or bump that develops on the side of the foot, near the base of the big toe. Physicians call this deformity hallux abducto valgus or HAV, meaning the hallux turns away (abducts) from the midline of the foot and twists so the inside edge touches the ground and the outside edge turns upward. Essentially, it is the big toe's tendency to point to the outside of the foot. The condition worsens over time, causing discomfort, pain, skin problems (e.g., corns and lesions), and difficulty walking.

Foot problems are notoriously difficult to heal, surgery or not. Look at Hingis and Kournikova.
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Hmm... well. I don't know what to say. I hope the next MRI shows that is it healed. I am just glad that she hasn't given up and is trying to keep in shape on the sidelines.

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Did anyone else thingk that it was unusual that pam shriver and MJF pretty much did not mention monica in the aus open broadcasts, despite endless discussions of injured players?
No. Pam and Mary jo both PLAYED Monica. They do appreciate her. But it'sbeen so long since she was a threat to win a slam. Her last slam final was RG '98! I think they just focused on missing players who THEY FELT would have been contenders had they been there.

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No. Pam and Mary jo both PLAYED Monica. They do appreciate her. But it'sbeen so long since she was a threat to win a slam. Her last slam final was RG '98! I think they just focused on missing players who THEY FELT would have been contenders had they been there.
They are professional enough to recognise that monica seles is about as popular and recognizable as any player has been over the last couple of decades. They used to talk about her a lot, but not no more. Not at all. I took it as a potential sign that they had inside information that she was not going to come back. Hope that im wrong. Maybe they knew that she did not want the pubicity while she was considering options. That would be more patatable... :-)
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