Foot pain has been Rafael Nadal's main rival lately, including during the Roland Garros. After winning the title, the Spaniard announced that he was willing to take a next step to 'solve' the problem, which forced him to play not at the top throughout the tournament.
On the subject, the Iberian admitted: "Nothing has changed. As I have already said, it is obvious that I cannot and do not want to continue playing with the current circumstances. I will continue to work trying to find a solution and an improvement with what is happening to the foot.
The only thing I could do to have a chance to win here was to numb him. A distance block was performed with injections of anesthetic on the sensory nerves of the foot. It is a big risk in the face of ankle twists or whatever."
Rafael Nadal reveals upcoming foot steps
Then he added, revealing: "The Roland Garros is the Roland Garros and everyone knows what it means to me. I had to take a lot of anti-inflammatories. Before every game I had to do infiltrations a couple of times, I wanted to try this method here.
I couldn't be happier or can't thank my doctor enough for helping me through my career, but I can't keep running with numb feet. We know we can try to have a treatment to numb those two nerves permanently - that's what we'll try next week.
It will consist of pulsatile radiofrequency injections to burn the nerve and create the impact I have now, but in the long term. The goal is to reduce the pain." Rafa is confident for the future: "If it works, I'll keep playing.
If it doesn't work, that's another story. I'm going to wonder if I'm willing to go a step further without having any guarantee that it will be okay, which does not guarantee that I will be competitive again.
I'll have to ask myself if it's worth it. It's a life decision I'm not ready to make right now. We will go step by step, as I have done throughout my career. I hope the pain I have will go away with the treatment.
I look to the future with optimism. I trust that the things that are done will work out. I'm in a beautiful moment of my career."