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A Look at the Worst Sports Injuries in 2017 Pertaining to the Foot and Ankle

Posted by on Friday, January 5th, 2018


As sports medicine doctors, we keep a close eye on the types of injuries athletes are sustaining, and 2017 had some big ones. Yahoo! News mentioned 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.

2017 sports injuries
No one wants to be sidelined with a season-ending foot or ankle injury, but that’s exactly what happened to these players in 2017. Image Source: Wikipedia user Thelmadatter.

Ruptured Achilles Tendon for Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks Cornerback (NFL)

The November 10th 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals came at a high price. The Seahawks lost Richard Sherman, one of the best defensive players in the NFL, and safety Kam Chancellor, who hurt his neck, in the same game. Even so, the Seahawks fared an 8-4 record after losing their star players.

Ruptured Achilles Tendon for Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs Safety (NFL)

This season-ending injury occurred during the first game of the season, despite a victory over the New England Patriots. Berry is no stranger to adversity, as he suffered a torn ACL in 2011 and went through lymphoma treatment in 2014. He then won “NFL Comeback Player of the Year” in 2015.

Broken Ankle for Gordon Hayward, Boston Celtics Shooting Guard (NBA)

You may recall our coverage of Gordon Hayward’s devastating ankle fracture in the season opener. After a hard landing, he noticed his foot was facing the wrong direction. Following surgery, it would take him at least six weeks to get out of a cast, plus significant rehabilitation time that would stave off his Celtics debut until the next season.

Broken Ankle for Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants Wide Receiver (NFL)

New Yorkers looked forward to the one-handed catches and celebrity status of Odell Beckham Jr., but his season ended in the October loss to the LA Clippers. With 25 receptions, 302 yards, and three touchdowns this season, his absence would be felt. For the struggling team, Beckham’s fractured ankle further compounded their losing situation. The Giants’ 2-10 record led to the firing of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Rees.

Other Noteworthy Sports Injuries in 2017

Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we’ve looked at a lot of horrific professional sports injuries, including:

Where Professional Athletes Seek Treatment in NYC

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine is one of the premier facilities for foot and ankle injury treatment in NYC. We offer the latest surgical techniques and minimally-invasive therapies like platelet-rich plasma injections, MIX5 pain lasers, ultrasound, ultrasonic debridement, cryotherapy, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy.

We’ve treated members of the NY Lizards lacrosse team, NY Power women’s soccer team,  NY Magic women’s soccer, and NY Liberty WNBA. We’re the go-to resource for Women’s World Cup Soccer, New York Road Runners Club, Central Park Track Club, the Bridgehampton Half Marathon, the A&P Tennis Classic, the Newsweek Tennis Classic, the NYC Triathlon, and the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

We have all the diagnostic imaging tools needed to make an accurate diagnosis the first time, without referring you elsewhere. When surgery is necessary, our board-certified podiatric surgeons have operating privileges at Mt. Sinai and Beth Israel medical centers. Unlike general care practitioners who tend to be more conservative, we understand your desire to get back to competition as quickly as possible. We have the expertise and experience to take athletes through active recovery programs that preserve mobility and function throughout the healing process. For more information or to book an appointment, contact us today.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.