Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle, spoke about the injury and the future of the Spanish tennis player

Not even 48 hours passed from another epic feat by Rafael Nadal in Paris, where he lifted his fourteenth Roland Garros title, and the image that was seen was very strong. The Majorcan tennis player reappeared in Barcelona but not in the way one expects from a man who has just reached the top and appeared in all the media in the world for his sporting conquest. Rafa got out of a car to go to the medical check-up and had to do it leaning on crutches. One more indicator – in case it was needed – of the suffering he suffers from a chronic injury to his left foot, and of which he pronounced himself once he finished the final on the clay of the French Open, where he beat the Norwegian Casper Ruud.

“I can’t keep playing with my foot asleep. It’s obvious that I can’t continue playing in the circumstances I’m in, so I’m going to try to find a new solution. Here I have been able to play in extreme conditions, with nerve injections to numb my foot, that’s why I have been able to play. My doctor has put anesthesia on my nerves and that takes away that bad feeling in my foot, but it also carries a risk and can cause other things out there. But, of course, Roland Garros is Roland Garros and I wanted to give myself the opportunity to be able to do something”, said Rafa, in the conference after the conquest of Paris. he was referring to Müller-Weiss disease, which he has suffered for 18 years.

This morning, Tony Nadal, Rafa’s uncle, mentor and trainer, spoke about his nephew’s injury and the possibility that this ailment will prevent him from continuing his career. “I don’t have that feeling. I have a feeling that he will continue. We are waiting to see the treatment, if it goes well. If not, well, other things would have to be done, we’ll see. I always try to be a positive guy and I have the confidence that everything will go well, “he said on the program”someone has to say it“, by Radio Miter.

And he continued: “The problem was detected in 2004, and in 2005 the injury to the scaphoid of the foot was confirmed. [izquierdo]. That is a very rare thing, which develops and causes more and more pain until there comes a time when you have to make a different decision. Because Until now he has been weathering the pain, enduring it, but there comes a time when it prevents training normally. That is why he has now sought a different treatment.”

On whether this affects his spirit and his desire to continue at a high level, Toni Nadal pointed out: “When you train with intensity, the foot suffers more and there comes a time when you think ‘I have to change or I don’t want to continue like this’ , but they have predicted that this treatment will go well, so we will wait. I remember one day in Monte Carlo he told me ‘I’m sick of having pain’. This year, the same, but later he is going to play. That is, he affects you [anímicamente] when you’re in pain He knows that with an operation he would stop having pain, but it would make it impossible for him to play tennis at the highest level. This is the reality he lives…

Rafael Nadal poses with the cup he won for the 14th time. time at Roland Garros on the Alexander III Bridge, with the Eiffel Tower in the background

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From Nadal’s environment, a statement was issued to tell what the steps to follow are. The text reads as follows: “Yesterday, Tuesday, two days after the victory at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal went to Barcelona during the day where he was visited by Dr. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, Rafa Nadal’s doctor, from the RFET and Director of the Mapfre Clinic of Tennis Medicine. The program included carrying out a pulsed radio frequency treatment at the Teknum clinic in Barcelona on the different nerves involved in the area of ​​the injury suffered by Rafa Nadal. Sensitive nerves that occupy the pain in the affected area and give it sensitivity. With this treatment the nerve is temporarily numb. Rafa is already at home, and will spend 3 or 4 days with normal maintenance physical activity. It will be later when, depending on the evolution of the treatment and as long as it is positive, he would return to training on the track. We do not rule out that a second treatment could be carried out depending on the evolution in the next week.”

a painful injury

Rafael Nadal himself explained how he manages to play even with such a painful injury: “A blockade has been done from a distance, with injections that affect the nerves. I am playing without pain, but with zero sensation. It’s like when they put you to sleep at the dentist. Now we are going to go home and perform an intervention on both nerves. They are injections with pulsatile radiofrequency, which could take away the (negative) sensation in my foot; it is about inhibiting the nerve, removing that sensation of permanent pain. Let’s see if the nerve can be left half asleep and have that other sensation: even if it leaves it with little sensitivity, the objective is to leave it with little pain”.

In medical parlance, treatment consists of “inserting a special needle under X-ray or ultrasound guidance until it sits next to the nerve to be treated. Once in position, the tip of the needle is energized using radiofrequency pulses to readjust the function of the damaged nerve.” At 36 years old, Nadal continues to amaze on and off the court, looking for solutions to try to continue competing at a high level and not have consequences tomorrow.