“Death of a Bone”: Surgeon Details Rafael Nadal’s Foot Injury

Published 08/22/2021, 2:26 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal during his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been out of action since his stint in Washington. He was over exhausted since the strenuous clay season. He recently announced that he would be ending the current season in order to recover for the 2022 season. 

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Recently, orthopedic surgeon Gilbert Versier spoke about Rafael Nadal’s foot injury. He revealed that people who have flat feet, generally suffer from this issue. The distance between the internal part of the foot and the base is way deeper than usual. 

Aug 5, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand against Lloyd Harris of South Africa (not pictured) during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

While speaking to the surgeon, he stated, “It generally affects people who have flat feet. It is congenital. Some have hollow feet: the arch, that is to say, the distance between the internal part of the foot and the ground, is very deep. It is the death of the bone, it is not eaten away and has lost its vascularity. It has a tendency to condense and to crush a little, the column of the big toe, where you have the most support.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Rafael Nadal lost in the quarterfinal in Melbourne 

Reflecting on the season, Rafa began his season in Australia and ended his stint in the quarterfinal after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. During that match, he was leading two sets to love before losing the next three sets. After that, he was seen directly during the clay season.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning their semi final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

His first stop was Monte Carlo but did not manage to impress as he exited early. He won titles in Barcelona and Rome and was involved in thrilling encounters with Tsitsipas and Djokovic, respectively. 

After that, he lost in the French Open and skipped the Wimbledon Championships along with the Tokyo Olympics. He has ended his season and wants to be back in better shape for the next season. We wish him a speedy recovery. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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