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Diamond Cuts: Abreu's Ankle

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Jose Abreu

The promising White Sox rookie suffered a minor setback in his ascent to stardom. Abreu, the league leader in home runs, will miss at least the next two weeks after being placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left ankle.

The exact diagnosis is tendinitis in the posterior tibial tendon, a fairly common condition that can also affect the arch of the foot. The posterior tibial tendon runs along the inside of the ankle before attaching to the bones on the inside portion of the foot. The muscle supports the arch, particularly during walking and running, and can easily become overworked. Normally a fatigued muscle can respond quickly as it is nourished by a steady supply of blood. However the posterior tibial tendon has a very poor supply of blood and is vulnerable to injury. While most cases of posterior tibial tendinitis improve with an extended period of rest and anti-inflammatory medication, the condition can result in a

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