NFL News: Foot Surgery Imminent for NY Giants’ LB Jon Beason
Posted by Jenn F. on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
This week, we learned that New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason will be out for the rest of the season with torn ligaments and a fractured sesamoid bone, which will require foot surgery. The Giants picked up the 29-year-old from the Carolina Panthers last year and eventually signed him to a three-year $17 million deal. After he had joined the team, they went from a record of 0-5 to 7-4, and Beason was responsible for 93 tackles. His presence will be sorely missed, with Jameel McClain expected to pick up the slack. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in New York City, we treat a lot of sesamoid fractures and torn ligaments.
What Happened to Jon Beason?
Jon Beason’s right foot problems began during a routine off-season practice back in June. He’s attempted to “play through the pain,” as many athletes do, but the injury became aggravated to the point of no return, despite the use of special double-carbon-fiber-plated cleats. He tested his injured foot in a partial workload against the Detroit Lions in week one but had to sit out during the week two matchup with the Arizona Cardinals. He took four games off and came back in week six against the Eagles, but left the week seven game against the Dallas Cowboys early. Beason’s foot doctor back in North Carolina recommended foot surgery for his injury.
What is a Sesamoid Fracture? How Long is Foot Surgery Recovery?
A sesamoid bone is located inside a tendon, where the tendon passes over the joint. When the strong bands of tissue attaching the muscle to the bone tear, the bone can crack. The ball of your foot contains two small sesamoid bones that act as pulleys to flex and curl your big toe and carry much of your weight as you run or jump. Injuries to this region can occur if you land too hard on your feet, if do a lot of running and jumping, or have natural anomalies to your anatomy like tight calf muscles, high arches, or overpronating feet.
To repair surgically, we may remove some of the chipped pieces, scrape the edges smooth, or even remove bone portions from another toe to create a fusion graft. No matter which type of surgery is selected, a sesamoid fracture can easily take two to three months to heal. You can expect to be in a cast or orthopaedic shoe for two to three weeks. Bone grafting will require an extra week of immobilization.
Our NY Podiatrists’ Approach to Sesamoid Injuries
Whenever possible, we prefer to treat injured sesamoids conservatively. Cushioned pads, taping and modified footwear are common first-line treatments. What makes The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine different from other podiatry centers is that we really focus on biomechanics and total body treatment. As Dr. Nicholas A Campitelli DPM wrote in Podiatry Today, problems with these bones are largely related to how people run and walk.
Therefore, rather than relying on inserts and offloading devices, it’s more beneficial to focus on strengthening the foot, running form, and shoe gear. Patients with sesamoid problems often find that pain goes away with rest and returns with activity. We train injured athletes to land with a midfoot strike and use momentum from a forward lean to spring the body into motion, without placing undue stress on the first metatarsophalangeal joint.
Our gait analysis system can show you precisely how the way you walk, run, and stand is affecting your joints. If you do not have significant pain reduction after a few weeks on our conservative strength-training program, we are equipped with diagnostic equipment and podiatric surgeons to handle next-level treatment, including foot surgery. Make an appointment to speak with a specialist today.
If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Dr. Josef J. Geldwert, Dr. 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.