2016 NBA playoffs: Udonis Haslem says torn plantar fascia “not as bad as you think”

Udonis Haslem is playing through an injury that would probably keep a normal person in bed. (Getty Images)
Udonis Haslem is playing through an injury that would probably keep a normal person in bed. (Getty Images)

Udonis Haslem would probably try to play through an amputation, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he’s been out there for the Heat the past week with torn plantar fascia in his left foot.

He felt it snap in Miami’s game at Detroit a week ago and hasn’t missed time. In traditional Haslem style, he claims the injury isn’t that big of a deal.

“There’s not really much I can do but rest it, ice it, get ready for the game,” he said. “People think when you tear it or pop it that’s the worst, but it actually kinda makes it better. You gotta ask the docs. I can’t explain that. It’s better than having plantar fasciitis. It’s not as bad as you think.

“A lot of guys have surgery where they get it cut due to the plantar fasciitis, but I kinda did my own surgery. That’s the way it was explained to me. Once you pop it, you feel it release. It’s still painful, but now it’s in the recovery stage of getting better every day.”

Haslem, who is finishing his 13th season and turns 36 this summer, had been playing through plantar fasciitis for a while leading up to the tear. Heading into the playoffs, there was no conversation between him and the Heat medical staff about shutting it down for a week to let it heal. He said he isn’t taking painkillers for it, either.

Erik Spoelstra had been playing Haslem limited minutes off the bench as the back-up center lately. That role mostly went to Amar’e Stoudemire in Game 1, though Haslem was on the court for the final minute of the first half.

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