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NFL News: Cleveland Browns’ Myles Garrett Sustains a Lateral Foot Sprain

Posted by on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Cleveland Browns fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that top draft pick Myles Garrett has started moving through training camp as of July 27th, despite a foot injury in June. Good thing, since the Browns signed him to a four-year contract worth $30.4 million, with a $20 million signing bonus and the option of a fifth year. Teammates have praised the dynamic edge rusher for his work ethic and humility—two qualities that can really help an athlete recovering from injury. Will he be the “Rookie of the Year,” as one analyst predicts? It may all depend on how his left foot and ankle hold up.

How Did Myles Garrett Injure His Foot?

According to ESPN, the defensive end “went to the ground in pain after a pass rush during team drills” in mini-camp practice. While working with the backup defense during a two-minute drill, he was rushing quarterback Brock Osweiler when the play was whistled for a sack. Garrett landed in an odd position on his extended left foot, causing him to crumple to the ground with his head in his hands. Trainers checked him, and he limped off to the sidelines to pull off his shoe and assess the damage. Coach Hue Jackson spoke to the media immediately after practice but could not report on the severity of the injury. His foot was formally assessed by specialists the following day, causing him to miss a practice.

The Diagnosis: A Lateral Foot Sprain

A grade I foot sprain involves a mild tearing or stretching of the ligaments. Grade II foot sprains involve more severe stretching and partial tearing, but either type of injury generally heals within 2-4 weeks. Treatments include the usual rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE), and immobilization in the form of a splint or walking boot. NSAIDs can be used to minimize pain and tenderness.

In the most severe case—a grade III foot sprain—the ligaments are completely torn and the player is likely unable to bear weight. These injuries often require surgery to reduce the bone and reattach the ligaments. The healing process for a severe lateral foot sprain can take anywhere from six to eight months, with athletes not “feeling like themselves” for a good year.

Myles Garrett Injury History

Garrett had suffered a high ankle sprain during his final season at Texas A&M, but it didn’t seem to hinder his play. He managed 33 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 10 games, despite playing much of the year with a severely sprained left ankle. However, it is common to see patients re-injure themselves months or years later due to weaknesses that occur during the healing and recovery processes.

Myles Garrett’s Injury Recovery

Two days after his week was cut short, Garrett was spotted at the Cleveland airport wearing a walking boot to offload pressure. He had received two separate medical opinions, including one from the famed Bob Anderson, and both reports stated unequivocally that he would not need surgery. Just three weeks later, Garrett tweeted a video showing off the heavy leg presses he was doing—with his friend riding the machine to add greater resistance! So he appears to be back at full strength and ready for camp.

Worried About a Foot Sprain in NYC?

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine offers specialized care for any injury to the foot or ankle. We are fully equipped with all the diagnostic tools necessary to make an accurate diagnosis the first time and carry in-house equipment for advanced therapies to help you return to normal activity faster. From lasers to platelet rich plasma, we have everything you need for successful pain management and recovery. Contact us today to book your time with a board-certified podiatrist and surgeon.

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.