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Break! Common Sports Injuries in Football

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
  • Fractures
  • Torn meniscus
  • ACL tears
  • Concussions
  • Torn cartilage

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!

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"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 care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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