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With the Superbowl right around the corner, football fans are gearing up for the ultimate game of the year. As is typical of the sport, however, many injuries have been plaguing the teams as they play harder than ever to get to the top spots.

Leading up to the AFC and NFC championships, for example, the foot, ankle, and knee injury list was extensive: Anthony Chickillo (ankle), Ricardo Matthews(high right ankle sprain), Davante Adams (ankle), David Bakhtiari (knee),Damarious Randall (foot), JC Tretter (knee), Richard Sherman (knee),DeShawn Shead (knee),among others. This is not even an extensive list of allthe other injuries, including shoulder injuries and concussions.

While some athletes are out for the championship game, other may play through them, even with risk of re-injury. Julio Jones (Falcons) did this during the playoffs and re-injured his toe, which caused him pain due to an earlier sprain. Though they have great teams for rehabilitation and recovery, not allowing previous injuries to fully heal can leave athletes more prone to bigger injury or long-term issues.   

Risks of Playing with Injuries

Since football is very much a contact sport, the risks of injury are always high. Butting heads, tweaking ankles from juking movements, and turf toe injuries are not uncommon. Repetitive motions can also cause injury, usually in the form of strains (e.g. plantar fasciitis) or even, stress fractures.

In the case of Julio Jones, it’s likely that the toe sprain is caused by the repeated strain or tearing of the ligaments, causing pain. These types of tissue injuries take treatment and need time to heal fully, but because he continues to play (as do other athletes), it will likely continue to cause pain. If he indeed does have torn ligaments, they can cause permanent changes in his feet, including chronic pain and deformity (shifted toe structure). Pain related to the big toe joint may indicate a Turf Toe injury, which athletes often experience. On the other hand, if the pain is in the other toes or ball of the foot, it could be or become a Plantar Plate Tear.

Hopefully, these athletes will take the time they need to rest and recover so that top players can take part in the Superbowl, should their teams be a part of it. If you’ve been playing some football or other sports and suffered foot or ankle injuries, don’t ignore it! Unlike these pro-athletes, you do not have a large team to take care of your injuries. Turn to our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brad Toll of Crofton Podiatry to take care of your needs. Call us today at (410) 721-4505 to make an appointment and get treatment sooner than later! We treat patients at our Crofton, MD office, which also serves the Gambrills, Odenton, and Bowie areas as well.

Its official – the 2014 football season is well underway and in full swing! In the mire of foam fingers, painted faces, and nacho platters that are now sure to flood your weekend festivities, it is truly a joyous time for celebration (if your team wins that is!). Despite all the celebration and weekend festivities associated with game day rituals, Players such as Chargers’ Manti Te’o or (Toe-O as we’re referring to him) are already losing game time due to injuries to their feet. Whether you’re playing professionally, academically, or just in the backyard the long-term mental capacity damage from repetitive concussions is deeply concerning.

However, in the light of the recent scandals regarding concussions to the head, people often forget the extremely debilitating injuries that occur on the other side of the body – the feet! Foot and ankle injuries are extremely common in high-impact sports such as football, and can lead to a number of long-term problems. In addition to the number of sprains, fractures, and tendon injuries that may occur, football players are also prone to a number of other injuries such as turf toe, Sesamoiditis, Plantar fasciitis, and even Achilles tendonitis or rupture. Oftentimes, many of these injuries take much longer to heal than the participant will accept, and this can lead to additional injuries and a worse overall prognosis.

Team sports are excellent for developing personal skills, personal fitness and for just overall fun!  However, parents of students playing football in the Annapolis and Crofton areas should take extra caution to be sure their teens are training and playing properly to avoid injury.  Below are my pro-tips for reducing injury during any physical activity.  As always, if an injury is suspected and is beyond self-care it is important that you seek proper medical care immediately to prevent long-term damage!

The Crofton Podiatry tips for reducing football injury to the lower extremity:

·         Be sure to properly warm up prior to any sports activity

·         Condition your muscles for the sport in the off season

·         Choose athletic shoes specifically for your foot type

·         Replace athletic shoes when the tread wears out or the heels wear down

·         Prevent recurrent injury by listening to your body!

·         Listen to your body

By Brad Toll.




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