BOSTON, May 27, 2009 -- New Balance, a leading global manufacturer of
performance footwear and apparel, announced today that Team New Balance
runner Khalid Khannouchi, two time world record holder and current U.S.
marathon record holder, is recovering well from recent foot surgery and
hopes to begin training and racing again in fall 2009.
“I’m currently doing intense physical therapy at the U.S. Athletic Training
Center in New York City so I can be fully competitive again,” says
Khannouchi. “I’m healing well and am eager and excited to return to racing
for Team New Balance this fall.”
After years of pain and discomfort in Khannouchi’s left foot, an X-ray and
MRI showed a bunion deformity with cartilage defect in his great toe joint
and a bone spur in his ankle joint. The surgery, performed at Riverview
Medical Center in Red Bank New Jersey by sports podiatrist Dr. John Connors
and Dr. James Ludden, removed the bone spur from Khalid’s left ankle. The
bunionectomy/microfracture surgery on his first metatarsal joint involved a
marrow stimulation that was used to treat the focal, symptomatic cartilage
defects in the bone.
“I am grateful to the Riverview Medical Center and Drs. Connors and Ludden
for all of their support and expertise,” commented Khannouchi.
Khannouchi will be required to use special running and racing orthotics to
absorb the impact shock and provide correct biomechanical stability even
after his physical therapy has ended.
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