Her father, a doctor, thinks it’s plantar fasciitis.
The women’s American record holder in the 5000m, Molly Huddle, is in an unfortunate place: She’s currently not running around the track and is instead watching races from the sidelines. Huddle’s problems are with her right foot that she says started bothering her the day after she won the U.S. 5000m championship when she clocked 15:10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon late last month.
Huddle’s father, a doctor, says his daughter suffers from plantar fasciitis, which involves a band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone with the toes.
However, tests taken at the U.S. Track and Field Training Center have showed no major issues with Huddle’s foot.
Huddle has said that she is taking all July off to rest her foot and still hopes to race in the World Championships next month in Daegu, South Korea.
Even if her performance is affected by the injury in South Korea, Huddle still remains optimistic about her chances at the 2012 Summer Olympics. “I still have a whole year,” she says.
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