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.
What seemed like a stubbed toe turned out to be so much more for Mets’ Centerfielder Juan Lagares. The team’s best outfielder will be undergoing plantar plate surgery, which likely puts him out the entire season. It’s a painful blow for New York fans, as Yoenis Cespedes is also on the disabled list, leaving the team to rely on the last three outfielders available: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Brandon Nimmo. Likely we’ll see Wilmer Flores stepping in, with Jose Reyes called out as needed.
The Major League Baseball season is in full swing, but not for everyone. The New York Yankees lost their first baseman, Greg Bird, to a bone spur in his foot before the season opener on March 29th. Sometimes old injuries die hard, which we believe is the case here. Proper management of soft tissue inflammation may prevent complications from arising with the hard bones of the foot and ankle. NYC podiatrists at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine hope to see the heavy hitter back to his usual self sooner rather than later.
For those of you following the Union of European Football Associations league, you have probably noticed FC Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer missing from the rosters. Neuer is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. He won the International Federation of Football History & Statistics World’s Best Goalkeeper award consecutively from 2013-2016, led Germany to win the FIFA World Cup in 2014, won the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper in 2014, finished just behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the most prestigious FIFA Ballon d’Or Award, and received accolades as the “third-best player in the world” from The Guardian. Unfortunately, Manuel Neuer’s injury has knocked him down to the 40th spot on the list for 2017. Some might say it’s bad luck to break your foot three times in 12 months. A sports medicine doctor specializing in the foot and ankle might say it’s bad management.
Jack Eichel is due back to the ice from a high ankle sprain any week now. It was a tough blow at the time, as the No. 2 Draft Pick from 2015 led the team scoring this season with 22 goals and 53 points in 55 games. Yet, with no mathematical hope of making the playoffs, one has to wonder if Eichel’s return is really worth jeopardizing his long-term health.
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Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
The New Orleans Pelicans are ranked in the middle of the Western Conference of the NBA at #5. They could potentially be doing much better if it weren’t for DeMarcus Cousins’ ill-fated Achilles tendon injury. Unfortunately for teams such as the Pelicans, an Achilles injury can be difficult to predict, with players like Rudy Gay coming back to the game at full strength in three months while others, such as Kobe Bryant, never return to pre-injury excellence. NYC podiatrists explain what happened to the DeMarcus Cousins, how professionals approach Achilles rehabilitation, and what fans can expect in the future.
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Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Recovery from bone repair surgery is not always a straight line for high-level athletes. This truth is painfully evident in the story of Arizona Wildcats’ team leader, Rawle Alkins, a starting guard originally from our very own backyard of Brooklyn, New York. He’s appeared in fits and spurts since fracturing his foot back in September. Some residual pain is not unusual for a patient six to 12 months down the road. Today, NYC podiatrists explore Alkins’ injury and discuss recovering from bone repair surgery.
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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
The good news was that the Detroit Pistons stomped the Indiana Pacers in a 24-point victory the day after Christmas. The bad news? Reggie Jackson, their star point guard, left halfway through the third quarter with a sprained ankle. The MRI confirmed he had a severe grade 3 sprain, with complete ligament tearing. This type of sprain necessitates a short walking cast or boot for at least three weeks, followed by rehab, and a good six to eight weeks before physical activities may resume. Here’s the latest injury update for Reggie Jackson and how such ankle sprains need to be treated.
As sports medicine doctors, we keep a close eye on the types of injuries athletes are sustaining, and 2017 had some big ones. Yahoo! Newsmentioned the following incidents among the “worst sports injuries of 2017.” A 24/7 Wall Street review based the findings on the quality of the players, the team’s dependence on them, and the amount of time the injury kept the players out of the game. Many of the lower body injuries resulted in the need for surgery and rehabilitation that would stretch the whole season long.
It was described by the papers as a “gruesome, brutal ankle injury.” Mississippi State Bulldogs’ Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald went down on a three-yard run just nine minutes into the November 23rd game against their bitter rivals, Ole Miss Rebels. Although he returned on crutches to cheer his team on, it can be a worrisome prognosis for such a young player to sustain a dislocated ankle. Today, NYC sports doctors consider how Nick Fitzgerald was injured and how he is expected to recover.
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