Renaldo Nehemiah, the world record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles, is scheduled for surgery today to remove a bone spur on his left heel. He will be sidelined at least until late April.
The 30-minute operation will be performed at Daniel Freeman Marina Hospital in Marina del Rey by Dr. Tony Daly, who said that the spur had affected Nehemiah's performance this winter.
"The spur has been bothering him and getting progressively worse," Daly said. "He's had good, conservative treatment and it hasn't responded. It's been getting worse for some time."
Nehemiah set his high hurdle record of 12.93 seconds before he became a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers four years ago. Since returning to the indoor track circuit this winter, he has been beaten by Greg Foster in the Sunkist Invitational at the Sports Arena and in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden.