’s Olympic dreams evaporated after she was forced to withdraw from the London 2012 women's marathon because of foot injury. But now the British veteran runner is recovering from the 18-year-old injury after she underwent surgery on her left foot on Friday.
Paula, mother-of-two, is now recovering in a California hospital after having a bone graft for the old fracture. The marathon runner posted a picture of her foot in a metal frame on her Twitter page to get her followers in the loop.
According to Daily Mail, she wrote, “Had a bone graft on 18yr old fracture and the metal frame holds joint apart to allow cartilage to recover. Nails done before! Avoid the pictures if you are squeamish!”
“Guess its a good job I'm not squeamish just very frustrated with crutches already!” she added.
Despite the painful-looking shots of her foot, Paula Radcliffe assured her fans that she was recovering well at the healthcare facility in California.
“Recovering well from successful surgery in Palo Alto, huge thanks to Dr Saxena and Palo Alto Med Clinic,” she insisted to her followers.
The surgery comes a month after Radcliffe was forced to pull out of women’s marathon at the 2012 London Games due to an injured joint in her left foot. Paula, who has suffered from osteoarthritis in her left foot throughout her career, had to let go of her Olympic hopes after she was declared unfit following a failed fitness test in July.
At the time, the world record holder admitted she had “cried more tears than ever,” adding, “The joint's pretty degenerated and it's not going to recover until I get surgery on it. But I am getting surgery on it and then I will be able to run on it again.”
“It's going to be a long process, but it will work out. I'm not sure when I'm having the operation, hopefully the end of this month. I need to get a bone graft and a cartilage repair done on it,” Radcliffe further added.
Paula Radcliffe, who was world champion over the distance in Helsinki in 2005, aimed to win her first Olympic medal in her fifth Games. The champion runner finished fifth in the 5,000m in Atlanta, fourth in the 10,000m in Sydney and faced disappointment in the marathon in 2004 and 2008.
She said that she attended some of the Olympics in the London stadium and was also present when her good friend, Mo Farah, won gold in the men’s 10,000m race.