Foot Injuries Abound in NFL

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Foot Injuries Abound in the NFLFoot injuries are popping up everywhere in the NFL this season. Here are just a few…

First, Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons is out for the rest of the season. In a game against the New York Jets a few weeks ago, Jones injured his foot and broke one of the screws that was placed during a previous surgery. Jones has had surgery and is resting well.

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey was ruled out of the second half of October 20th’s  game at Indianapolis after injuring his left foot. Bailey left the game after trying to tackle Colts running back Trent Richardson. Bailey already missed the first five games this season with an injury to the same foot.

Washington Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson did not practice last week after hurting his foot playing with his kids on Tuesday, his coach reported. Details on the severity of the injury is not known nor is it known whether Hankerson will return to the next practice.

So, why so many foot injuries? The game of football is faster and more demanding than ever. Perhaps we are asking too much from our NFL players?

Dr. David Chao shared the following from “What’s with all the Injuries?” on the National Football Post website…

 “If anything, we are seeing the same or more. Certainly media coverage is ever intensifying and now everyone knows about the backup lineman that is injured. So that may account for some of it. Also, there is normal statistical variance. However, I feel there may be additional reasons. First off, league wide, practice tempo is being sped up. It’s not just Chip Kelly in Philadelphia or Joe Philbin in Miami. The name of the game around the entire league is speed and tempo in practice, which leads to more practice plays and higher chance of injury. Many teams also use multiple practice fields simultaneously thereby increasing the number of practice plays and thus potential injury. It’s really a simple equation; more plays at game speed equals more opportunities for injuries.”

I’m not sure I like that equation, but I do agree with it. Here’s hoping we start seeing less injuries this season, but I’m not sure that’s possible.

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