Bosh being cautious with heel

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

Chris Bosh might want to track down San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan.

When the Raptors all-star gets a hold of Duncan, they can have a good heart-to-heart talk about plantar fasciitis.

Bosh, who returned for a 118-84 pre-season win over Maccabi Tel Aviv last night after missing the past two games with a left heel injury, revealed last night that he has a simple case of fasciitis. It is the same nagging heel condition that hobbled Duncan for most of last season.

The good news is that 90% of people with fasciitis improve significantly after the first two months of treatment. One of the key ways to treat the problem is with rest.

"Yeah, pretty much take it easy," Bosh said after scoring a team co-leading 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds. "I can play while it's warm and it won't bother me that much. But if you don't respect it, it will really bother you and linger on and linger on. I don't want that lingering in 2007."

So Bosh will rest when he can, like an off day from practice today, and play through a bit of pain the rest of the time. Bosh wanted to play last night after the Raptors' stunning loss against Maccabi last season, so the coaches put him to the test in a pre-game workout.

"Like a dog," Bosh said when asked how hard he worked out before the game. "I told (coach Sam Mitchell) I wanted to play. He listened to me, but at the same time he's like okay, you need to go through a workout and I really didn't expect that kind of workout. It was serious."

Bosh said the pain first surfaced shortly after last season ended and picked up at the United States national team's training camp in July.

Last night, the heel felt pretty good.

"I didn't feel any pain, played a little bit of minutes (24) and I'm glad I played," Bosh said. "(There was) a little soreness (after the game), but that's normal."


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