F2 Logistics’ win over Foton in the PSL Invitational last Tuesday came at a cost as Cargo Movers starter Pau Soriano had to be taken out in the middle of the 2nd set.
“May scenario po doon na umatras ako para bumwelo kasi papalo ako,” she told FOX Sports via text message.
“Tapos may nararamdaman ako na parang nagbump yung left foot ko and nakuryente ako. After nun, hindi ko na matapak yung heel ko, as in sobrang sakit na niya. Kung ire-range yung sakit, 10 out of 10.”
Back-up middle spiker Ranya Musa took the place of Soriano, who was brought to the hospital after her left heel experienced swelling.
“Nag undergo ako ng mga test. Pagka kuha namin nung result, nagpa second opinion kami kay Dr. Canlas,” she said. “Yung findings niya, nagka plantar fasciitis ako.”
Plantar fasciitis is common in flat-footed athletes and is caused by repetitive strain of the flat band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, resulting in pain and inflammation upon walking or running.
The former Adamson stalwart admitted that she is mildly flat-footed and needs to maintain the arc on her foot to compensate her heel.
With the PSL having a week-long break, Soriano continues on her prescribed medicines and her strengthening therapy for her foot.
“Pahinga muna ng 2 weeks and 1 week strengthening then back in action na ulit. Pero next week babalik ako Dr. Canlas para ma-check ulit yung status nung paa ko.”
As what Canlas advised her, Paulina is trying not to force her foot even if she is allowed to do an active rest. She continues on her work out even if it’s only for her upper body.
“Ayoko din naman magpahinga totally kasi mawawala ako sa condition,” she explained. “Kaya ginagawa ko active rest lang, nagwo-work out ako.”
Even with only a short break, Soriano is determined to get back on the court and play with her teammates. Without any assurance that she’ll get back right in time for the 2nd round, Soriano tries to be optimistic about her situation.
“I hope so,” she said. — By Joyce Palad