Joakim Noah Contemplates Sitting Out All-Star Game

Joakim Noah, who plays center for the Chicago Bulls, has been battling plantar fasciitis for many years. A few years ago, his injury made headlines when he sat out 10 games during the playoffs. And although he’s been playing steadily since, NBC Chicago reports in this article that his injury is back and causing problems.

Noah has been a game-time decision for the past few games, and is contemplating limiting his participation in the All-Star Game. Although Noah wants to participate, he knows he has to look at how it could affect the rest of his season with the Bulls. Noah states “I also have to do what's right for the team. There's obviously a bigger picture than playing in the All-Star Game.”

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says he is more concerned about Noah getting better, but he does concede Noah playing in the All-Star Game with his injury is a valid question.

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition, where the thick tissue on the sole of the foot becomes inflamed. Many times, this injury occurs if the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. There are many ways this can happen—sudden weight gain, long-distance running, shoes with poor support, and arch problems, for example—and it can make walking very painful.

There are many possible treatments for this injury, ranging from taking an anti-inflammatory and stretching your foot to, in extreme cases, surgery. In the case of Joakim Noah, if he can prove that basketball has caused his injury, he may be eligible for workers compensation or a personal injury lawsuit. He may not need to go so far to care for his injury, but someone who depends on their job for maintaining their lifestyle and supporting their family could.

Living with an injury can affect many parts of your daily life. If you’ve sustained an injury based on another’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Located in Hinsdale, Illinois, our experienced attorneys can help you put together your case. Contact our DuPage County personal injury lawyers today to learn more.

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