The San Francisco Giants recently placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list after he aggravated his foot injury. There was some mystery surrounding the ailment initially, as Sandoval was reportedly
dealing with a strain and then a fracture. The hefty slugger was ultimately diagnosed
with a peroneal tendon strain, and the Giants said they are hopeful he can
return after the minimum requirement of days off.
Sports Chiropractor Dr. Ray Solano sheds light on what
exactly a peroneal tendon strain is. He also discusses the role Sandoval's weight issues could have played and provides his projection on how much time the third baseman will miss as a
result of the strain.
Pablo Sandoval has been diagnosed with a peroneal tendon
strain. The peroneal tendons are those that run on the outside of the ankle
just behind the fibula. These tendons can become injured with improper training
or rapid increases in training. In addition, poor shoe wear can lead to
peroneal tendon strain. The vast majority of this condition heals without
In Sandoval's case, it appears that his weight and
conditioning has been an ongoing issue. Although it’s unlikely that his weight
has caused this condition, it’s possible that the aggressive conditioning and
sudden increase in activity to lose the weight may have contributed to the
diagnosis. I expect him to be in a boot for two weeks in order to immobilize
and rest the area. During this time, a number of modalities can be used to
reduce inflammation and promote healing. After two weeks, it’s likely he will
resume a slow transition back to baseball-specific activities. In my opinion
and given what we know about his injury, I expect him to be sidelined for one
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