Carlos Ruiz’s return from the disabled list after a bout with plantar fasciitis has been a cautious one.
The Phillies’ starting catcher was placed on the disabled list on August 4 and came back to active play on September 7, starting back-to-back games a week or so later. In a game against the New York Mets on September 17, he reached first base safely—and without pain—following a hit against R.A. Dickey. However, later that same week, he was back on the bench when the Phillies concluded their three-game series with the Mets on September 20.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel knows firsthand what Ruiz has been dealing with, since he also received a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis about a year ago. He said the condition still gives him problems.
“When I play golf, I'll be loose for about 9 or 10 holes, and then I can't even walk,” Manuel told reporters.
“I think if we were to turn [Ruiz] loose, let him play four or five days in a row, you'd see him have more trouble with it again,” Manuel noted. “Unless it’s completely healed, but [the trainers] haven't said that yet.”
At 33, Ruiz is slightly less than half Manuel’s age, though, and he believes that as long as he rests during the winter, he’ll be as good as new by the time spring training rolls around.
“I know I’ll start running in December. In October and November, I’ll take it easy. So, I’ll see how it feels then,” he commented. “But, I definitely feel good.”
Ruiz’s first sign of the condition showed up in July, soon after he played in his first All-Star Game in Los Angeles. He continued to play for three more weeks, despite considerable pain.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that is sometimes referred to as painful heel syndrome. The pain, which occurs on the bottom of the heel, is often most noticeable first thing in the morning.
If you have any kind of recurring or ongoing foot pain when walking or engaging in other activities, it’s a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced podiatrist. The trusted Philadelphia foot experts at Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associates can determine what’s causing your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you get back to normal again.