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Pau Gasol has plantar fascitis in right foot, probable for Friday against Portland Trailblazers

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Just as the Lakers turn the corner with health they find themselves once again battling uphill. The latest struggle? Pau Gasol's right foot has been diagnosed as having plantar fasciitis.

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Just when health seemed to have finally swung in the Lakers favor it appears Pau Gasol now has plantar fasciitis in his right foot, as reported by Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Lakers annouce that an MRI performed on @<a href="https://twitter.com/paugasol">paugasol</a>'s right foot revealed plantar fasciitis. However, he's probable for Friday's game.</p>&mdash; Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) <a href="https://twitter.com/LakersReporter/status/284451599496118272" data-datetime="2012-12-28T00:12:00+00:00">December 28, 2012</a></blockquote>

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Pau's status for Friday's contest against the Portland Trailblazers is now "probable". Plantar fasciitis, just like tendinitis, is a common ailment professional athletes incur. What is it, exactly?

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly -

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So, there you have it. Pau Gasol once again finds his health dangling after playing just three games since taking time off to rehab both of his knees. Updates as they come, here we go again.