Injuries are common during football games. Never does a game complete without some poor soul is being carted off the field, knee bent, toe dragging the ground, weight supported by two burly teammates who are hauling the injured player to the bench. Think for a moment about the size of the players, the speed at which play is moving and the physical aspect of the game. It’s easy to understand how and why injuries occur.
So what plagues these guys?
Sprains and strains are the most common football injuries and receive a lot of attention. Unless it is a very severe sprain, it can be treated quite simply, and rehabilitation can happen. Fractures require more attention because of the possibility of a simple stress fracture becoming far more complex. A few of the recent celebrity NFL players who have had to deal with stress fractures include Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Brett Favre.
Just like many other sports injuries, stress fractures in the ankles and feet cause repetitive action and overuse of feet and lower legs. When overuse tires the muscles, stress transfers directly to the bones and may cause small cracks to develop. These are stress fractures. Failure to stop the high impact and repetitive action that causes the injury, will lead to more serious complications. This is an injury that requires rest in order to heal. It must be stable and pressure is away from the fracture location. Sometimes a walking boot helps, but healing time is still usually necessary. Healing time is usually six to eight weeks and then only return to prior activity with our podiatrist’s approval. Depending on the severity of your stress fracture, Drs. Brook or Northcutt may need to perform surgery. With surgery, it means inserting plates, screws or pins in order to stabilize the fracture and hold the bones together while healing.
Don’t let the “No pain, no gain,” mantra become your philosophy. Call Dallas Podiatry Works and see Dr. Brook or Dr. Northcutt if you suspect a stress fracture, or any other foot or ankle injury. Do not discount your pain! Call our Dallas office at (972) 566-7474 or Plano at (972) 943-3323. Allow them to help you on your first step to recovery!
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.