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Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Last October, we wrote about Carolina Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen’s right foot fracture. In his glory days, he amassed 770 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in just 15 games. Now it appears he has sustained the same injury all over again, almost one year later. Recovering from a broken foot can be a long process, with residual pain continuing up to 12 months later with just extended periods of walking, let alone competitive gameplay. We handle lots of football injury treatment of high-level athletes at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, so we fully understand his desire to get back down to business. We offer the latest technology to make that happen, but in rare cases like this, time is the best medicine of all.
At The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we specialize in sports medicine for the foot and ankle and we’re often asked about the timing for returning to sports after injury. The inconvenient truth is that the factors affecting healing, recovery, and outcome following injury are as unique as an individual’s genetic makeup. Inflammation, age, vascularity, fitness level, strength, the presence of comorbidities, infection, malnutrition, past history of injury, and adherence to doctor’s orders all play a role. There are, however, ballpark timelines that tend to be fairly consistent in helping us gauge whether you’re recovering particularly “fast” or “slow,” which we’ll discuss here.
We listed New York Giant Odell Beckham Jr’s ankle fracture as one of the worst sports injuries of 2017. His absence was so strongly felt by New Yorkers who had hoped to catch a glimpse of the one-handed catches he was famous for this past season. With 25 receptions, 302 yards, and three touchdowns, he seemed like the team’s answer to building a strong offensive line. Yet, he fell out of play October 8th during the Giants’ loss to the LA Chargers. The initial report was that he’d be out “at least eight weeks” with a fractured ankle. It’s been more than 40 weeks since the initial injury and he’s still not been to a full practice. Fans are wondering will Odell Beckham Jr. return this year? Insiders say he’s looking good to getting back on track to start in the upcoming season.
Injuries and high-level competition seem to go hand-in-hand. After their embarrassing stomping at the Super Bowl, fans are looking for any explanation for the historic loss. Not only did Center Alex Mack suffer a fractured fibula, but All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones also “faces the prospect” of toe surgery after being dogged by a sprain since Week 10. NYC podiatrists discuss what happened to Jones, and what this type of injury could mean for an athlete’s near future.
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Plantar fasciitis heel pain affects 2 million Americans every year. The good news is that it is a condition that generally improves over the course of two years, regardless of whether the intervention entails rest, orthoses, injections, shockwave therapy, ultrasound, laser treatment, stretching exercises, or surgery.1http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2907928/ The bad news is that it really, really hurts in the meantime! NYC podiatrists discuss this common condition, including its latest victim–Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning.
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Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
The Dallas Cowboys may have won in their match-up against the NY Giants on September 13th, but it’s come at a steep cost. All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant fractured the fifth metatarsal–the bone leading to the pinky toe–on his right foot, which necessitates surgical repair.
Averaging 91 receptions, 1,311 yards, and 13 touchdowns a season, the team will undoubtedly miss his presence on the field. The 26-year-old just signed a five-year deal worth more than $70 million, according to Forbes, which he “more than deserved” as “one of the best receivers in the NFL, if not the best.”1http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbenjamin/2015/09/14/dez-bryants-foot-injury-comes-at-worst-possible-time/
Initial reports speculate that Dez Bryant will return in “4-6 weeks,” but this prognosis is a bit optimistic, say our board-certified podiatrists in NYC.2http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2015/09/dallas_cowboys_wr_dez_bryant_b.html
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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
The Washington Redskins seem to be one of the NFL teams worst plagued with injuries, particularly with key starters.1http://realredskins.com/2015/06/24/need-to-know-did-the-redskins-lose-more-starters-to-injuries-than-other-nfl-teams/ This year is no exception, with foot and ankle injuries hitting the team hard during preseason. This month, we learn that both tight ends, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul, will be out for the season due to their injuries. NYC sports medicine doctors explore what went wrong.
Last week, we talked about heel pain as a menace for professional athletes. This week, the Buffalo Bills’ safety Jairus Byrd became the next casualty in the war against plantar fasciitis. Byrd was drafted as Buffalo’s second pick in 2009 and tied the league lead for interceptions his first year out of the starting gate. In fact, his nine interceptions were five more than any other rookie had. He was designated to become a free agent last year, but the Bills paid a $6.9 million franchise tender to keep him. The team is thankful that this injury does not require surgery, but they would prefer to keep the star player on the field for a healthy season.
When 300 pound bodies are colliding across the field for our amusement, injuries are an inevitable part of the game Despite all the padding these modern-day gladiators wear, injury prevention is largely based on athleticism, player training, and pure chance. Here at the Podiatric Center for Sports Medicine in New York City, we see a lot of athletes come in with football injuries ranging from torn knee ligaments to dislocated shoulders.
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