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NY Giants’ Guard Geoff Schwartz Injures Big Toe- Trauma to Small Joints Is Serious Business

Posted by on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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It’s never good to see a 6’6″, 340-pound guy taken off the football field on a cart. We are disappointed — but hardly surprised — that his toe sustained a rather serious injury. The big toe is critical in absorbing shock, stabilizing the arch in midstance, and propelling us forward during the takeoff phase of the gait cycle. When so much weight comes down upon it, dislocation or fracture is a foregone conclusion. In today’s post, we’ll give you the scoop on what happened to New York Giants’ Geoff Schwartz a few weeks ago and explain why big toe injuries are no joke.

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There is a lot more to the toe than many people realize!

What Happened to Geoff Schwartz?

Giants guard Geoff Schwartz will be in a walking boot for ten days before beginning a rehabilitation program. Dr. Robert Anderson said the player dislocated his right big toe. After that, he will be evaluated on a “week to week basis.” Team Manager Tom Coughlin threw out a 3-4 week deadline for recovery, but we have also seen reports suggesting Schwartz could be out eight weeks.

According to the Bleacher ReportSchwartz got “caught amid an awkward twist” during the second quarter of the August 22nd preseason game against the Jets. Though the Giants eked out a hard-fought win, it was not without loss. Schwartz was recently signed to a $16.8 million, four-year contract and is a necessity to a “razor-thin offense,” says the New Jersey Star-LedgerPrior to signing with the Giants, Pro Football Focus called him the “prize of this year’s free agent guard class.”

Big Toe Injuries Are More Serious than You May Think

Athletes participating in football, soccer, basketball, baseball, dance, and gymnastics are at a greater risk of injuring their big toes, warns the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. It is crucial that you come in for a diagnostic evaluation within a reasonable timeframe so prompt action can be taken to avoid future complications.

One of the most common injuries is called “turf toe,” which occurs when the toe is forcefully bent the wrong way. It can vary from a mild sprain to an injury that involves broken bones and disturbed ligaments. Other types of big toe injuries include crushed nails, broken bones, ligament sprains, puncture wounds, stubbed toes, and deep bruises.

The most common reaction is to shrug off a big toe injury and assume it’ll heal with a little rest, but that is not always the case. Sometimes symptoms persist for more than a couple of days and an evaluation is necessary to ensure that the sesamoid bones are not snapped or dislocated, which could cause a non-healing fracture if left unattended.

Fracture treatment involves wearing a non-weight-bearing cast and undergoing electric bone stimulator treatment or ultrasound. Sometimes surgery is necessary to remove bone fragments. Generally speaking, the recovery time for a fractured toe is four to six weeks.

Have an Injured or Broken Toe in New York City?

Any injury, whether to your ankle or toe, should be checked out by a doctor. The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine has two NYC offices for patients — one in Manhattan and one in Westchester. Our experienced staff features podiatrists, podiatric surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physical therapists, and practitioners of the latest treatments the industry has to offer. We can do platelet-rich plasma, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, and cryosurgery. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques that minimize the risk of scarring. Book your appointment today.

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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.