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October 02, 2017
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Panthers tight end Greg Olsen exited the game due to injury and returned back to the sideline wearing a walking boot on crutches.

Most likely he will be in a non-weight-bearing position as I am suspecting that he has a Jones type fifth metatarsal fracture which is very common in NFL players. Usually, those type of fractures take about 6 weeks to heal but it is also directly proportional to the players compliance and ability to heal. Unfortunately out of 5 different types of fifth metatarsal fractures, Jones fracture is notoriously known for difficult healing. The main reason is interpositioning of one of the small muscles in the foot between the fracture fragments. This could cause fracture not to heal. Usually, if the displacement is minimal, less than 2 mm, I do not recommend surgery. I would recommend waiting for 6 weeks to see if there any signs of bone healing. We have seen in the past several NFL players with Jones fracture that had to be taken to the operating room. Hopefully, this will not be Greg Olsen‘s case.,

If his physician decides not to perform surgery right away, Greg will need serious of CAT scans to evaluate for bone healing.

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Anthony Davis injured himself in pregame warmup and he is listed as day to day. He was diagnosed with a right big toe sprain and will be having an MRI to check on the severity of it. The prognosis is yet to be determined since it is hard to pinpoint on most foot injuries. Considering the Pelicans are currently 6.5 games out of the eight spot, this injury could keep him out for a few more games. 

This type of sprain needs to be treated right away because delayed medical attention can make it much longer to heal. We see this all the time and a lot of the times we will see sesamoid injuries which are highly associated with big toe sprains. If you are having this type issue or may have any other foot pain questions please call us at 863-299-4551 so we can help.

Duke Blue Devils Duke junior Matt Jones went down with a little less than eight minutes to go in the first half of the Blue Devils' 74-73 win Wednesday with a sprained left ankle that left him writhing in pain on the court for nearly three minutes. Jones had to be helped off the floor and later returned to the bench on crutches.

Ankle sprains are pretty common in athletes. There are multiple complicated classifications of ankle sprains that exist. We see a variety of high ankle sprain's in football players but the majority of basketball players have either a partial or complete tear of the anterior talofibular ligament (ATF). It is also commonly associated with a tear of the calcaneofibular ligament. This type of injury should be taken seriously and usually in professional athletes we order an MRI right away to assess the extent of the injury. Partial tears are usually treated with rest, immobilization, ice and later on physical therapy. In professional athletes, if the tear is complete, surgical intervention is usually needed. I Usually perform modified Broström procedure on this type of injury. The Broström operation is a repair of ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. It is designed to address ankle instability.

In the general population and non-professional athletes the biggest issue we see, is when people sustain a bad ankle sprain, go to the emergency room, have x-rays obtained, and released without any further instructions since there is no break in the bone. It is extremely important to seek proper medical attention and accurate diagnosis. If an ankle sprain does not properly heal, it can cause chronic lateral ankle instability to the extent that people have constant inversion type injuries and are unable to walk without twisting their ankle. 

I always recommend to see a specialist in order to get the best medical care possible. Accurate diagnosis is key and can be properly achieved with musculoskeletal ultrasound that we have in the office at Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center. Call us with any questions or concerns at 863-299-4551. 

October 13, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: MRSA   infections   new york giants   daniel fells   amputated   hygiene   risk  

Read this info from Yahoo Sports. Football is a dangerous sport and every Sunday brings physical risk, but once again the sport is facing a serious health hazard away from the field. NFL Network reported Sunday that New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells is fighting a case of MRSA so severe that he might need his foot amputated. And that may not be the worst of it, as there is concern that the illness may have advanced to his bone and his bloodstream. Fells has already undergone a reported five surgeries, and may need more in the effort to stave off the infection. 

After a week of pain and fever following a cortisone shot, Fells' wife took him to the emergency room on Oct. 2, where MRSA was found in his injured ankle. Had he waited longer, the infection would have had more time to spread.

These are the personal hygiene steps you can take to reduce your risk of MRSA infection:

1.      Maintain good hand and body hygiene. ...
2.      Keep cuts, scrapes, and wounds clean and covered until healed.
3.      Avoid sharing personal items such as towels and razors.
4.      Get care early if you think you might have an infection.

We treat MRSA infections and even though they are rare, they immediate attention so call us today if you have any questions. 863-299-4551

August 10, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: IT band syndrome   runner  

IT Band Syndrome
IT Band Syndrome - Davenport Foot Pain ReliefIf you are a runner, chances are good that you've suffered from an injury at some point in your running career. It may have been hip, knee, lower back, or foot pain that brought you to a stop. In any case, the experience was likely unpleasant. Some of the most common running-related injuries are also the most preventable. One of the most common running-related injuries is iliotibial band syndrome (IT Band Syndrome).

The iliotibial band is a sheet of tissue that runs from the hip to the knee. At the hip, it connects to a muscle called the tensor fascia latae. This muscle works in abducting the thigh (pulling it away from the midline of your body) and rotating the thigh medially while walking or running. At the knee, the IT band attaches to the tibia, or shin bone, at a point known as Gerdy's Tubercle. This point is located on the tibia just below the knee, on the outside of the leg. 

Pain from iliotibial band syndrome can be quite debilitating, and will certainly bring your running to a temporary halt. The pain is generally diffuse, and is located at one of the attachments of the band of tissue. Most people complain of pain at the knee, specifically at Gerdy's Tubercle, but the pain may also be referred to the hip. 

If you have a tight iliotibial band, there may be some relief from stretching out the tissue:

  • Stretch #1: From a standing position, cross the injured leg behind the uninjured leg. Next, lean towards the uninjured side, with your hands on your hips for balance.
  • Stretch #2: While sitting on the ground, extend your uninjured leg straight out in front of your body. Next, cross the injured leg over the uninjured leg, and pull the injured leg as close to your chest as possible.

Try each of these stretches, holding the position for 30 seconds each. These should be done everyday, especially after running. If the pain persists, you may want to go to a doctor to rule out any other causes of hip or knee pain. 

If you're just beginning to run, don't let IT band syndrome discourage you. It's something that is easily fixed, and can often be attributed to a pair of poorly fitting shoes. 

Remember that pain is not normal. It is the body's way of warning itself that something is wrong. If pain persists, it may something more serious and should be evaluated by your doctor.

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