I knew what happened to Eli the moment I saw the highlights yesterday. Again and again I saw the same highlight where he pulled up lame.
Yep -- it hurt like a sonofabytch. The exact same thing happened to me about two years ago on the treadmill in the garage.
I haven't been back on a treadmill since.
To put it short and sweet -- Eli has Plantar Faciitis. What is this kids? It's a muscle tear and more. Flesh has either separated or been ripped from the heel bone. It's extraordinarily painful.
I've seen what Giants fans are posting. "It's minor" or "he'll be able to play through the pain."
BS. Pure BS. Eli is DONE. I'm telling you from experience: Eli is DONE FOR THE YEAR. He might even be done for his career.
I lived with the pain for seven months after the injury -- just hoping that it would heal up on its own. I figured that if I didn't stress the foot with exercise, everything would go right back to normal, right?
WRONG! Next issue!
Plantar Faciitis is a BYTCH! It doesn't go away. It doesn't "heal up on its own." If you're an athlete with this kind of injury? A professional athlete? The only answer is surgery. And with Plantar -- chances are only 50-50 that Eli will be the player he was pre-injury.
As for me? It took a solid month of physical therapy for the pain to finally subside. Just the task of walking from my parking spot to where I work a block away was HELLISHLY PAINFUL. The pain just never went away.
Physical therapy finally did take care of it. But I can never step on a treadmill again. And, if I spend too much time on my feet during any particular time during the day? I feel it. It's painful. It's still there. It doesn't hurt all the time -- but it's still there. It will never go away.
I've seen horror stories resulting from surgeries to repair the damage from this injury. Some recover. Some don't. Achieving the same kind of mobility that one had pre-injury is almost unheard of.
So......For those of you who were thinking that the New York Giants were a possible playoff entry? Think again. Super Bowl plans just got derailed....