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LA Angels’ Relief Pitcher Mike Morin Out 15 Days With Foot Injury

Posted by on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Ankle and foot injuries happen in pro sports all the time. One false step and bones can crunch, tendons can become inflamed, ligaments can tear, and muscles can pull. Yet, star athletes are human just like us. They, too, can become injured off the field doing regular, everyday activities. Such is the case for Los Angeles Angels’ starting pitcher, Mike Morin, who is out 15 days with a foot injury after an encounter with… the beach! Our New York podiatrists take a closer look at this injury and discuss why this type of a foot injury is no joke.

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The stadium in Anaheim may be a little less boisterous until their star pitcher returns from the field after a foot injury. Image Source: Staff Sgt. Matt McMeen, Wikimedia.org 

What Happened To Mike Morin This Week?

Perhaps you can count this as Mike Morin’s 38th strikeout this season. According to the OC Registera few of Morin’s college teammates from North Carolina drove down to the LA Angels vs. Tampa Bay Rays game last weekend. The group was walking on a St. Petersburg beach late Saturday night when the barefoot Morin took a false step onto something sharp. The unidentified object dug deep into his left foot, requiring him to get four stitches.

Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia placed Morin on the 15-day disabled list that Monday and declined to comment on the injury, aside from stating that he expects the pitcher to be back in the minimum amount of time. Thankfully, he doesn’t need a walking boot, but Morin told reporters he was frustrated that his foot injury occurred during the race for the pennant. “This is such an important time for us right now,” he said. “It’s something that I’ve gotta move forward from and try to help this team in another way. A couple weeks will go by, and I’ll be back out here.”

A Skin Laceration Foot Injury Is No Joke!

“Skin lacerations are very common, especially this time of year,” explains Dr. Ryan Minara from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine. “I can’t tell you how many New Yorkers come in after a wonderful weekend at the beach with these terrible gashes from stepping on jagged seashells, sticks, rocks, or other washed up debris. That can be pretty scary because you don’t know where this stuff has been or what sort of pathogens it’s been exposed to. So we treat every laceration with a strong antibacterial.” Complications of skin lacerations include various types of infection– like lockjaw, cellulitis, necrotizing tissue, and gangrene.

When Should You Call A Foot Doctor For A Cut On The Foot?

Of course, not every cut necessitates a trip to an NYC podiatrist’s office or the emergency room. Dr. Minara recommends seeking professional help if:

– The laceration continues to bleed for 10-15 minutes, even after applying consistent pressure to the wound.

– It appears more than one-eighth or one-quarter inch deep.

– You can see fat, muscle, tissue, or bone.

– There is visible dirt or debris in the wound.

– You have trouble walking.

– You are concerned about having a potential scar in that area.

NY Podiatrists Are Equipped To Treat A Laceration Foot Injury

Treating the wound during the first eight hours is important because many physicians view this as the best window for preventing infection. The goals of treatment are to: stop bleeding, prevent infection, preserve function and restore appearance.

A podiatric surgeon can remove any dirt, debris and injured tissue that may interfere with healing through a procedure known as “debridement.” Repair of any injured tissues like tendons, ligaments or muscles can also be performed. Cleansing and medicating will help prevent infection. Some patients may need a tetanus booster shot if they haven’t had one within the last 10 years. Finally, sutures– often dissolving ones– are added to close the wound and prompt quicker healing. They typically come out in 13 days. Sometimes a doctor will use a medical adhesive, rather than sutures if the wound is small and in a low-tension area.

Following a foot injury, the patient should look for signs of infection throughout the healing process. Signs of infection may include: chills, fever, redness, tenderness, swelling, wound drainage, or red streaks around the injured area. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine, we are equipped with a team of experienced foot doctors and surgeons who can take care of your foot injury and take special care to see that you do not end up with a troublesome infection.

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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.