Patriots Chances for Super Bowl Win Diminished by Gronkowski’s Ankle Injury?

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Foot Pain, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Super Bowl XLVITight end for the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski, is suffering from a high ankle sprain. He showed up on Sunday before Media Day wearing a walking boot, but says it’s off for good now. When asked about his ankle on media day, he replied: “Going day by day, whatever the training staff tells me what to do, I’m doing.”

How fortuitous for me (not so fortuitous for the Gronk) that the main injury story of this Super Bowl happens to be an ankle injury. It gives me another opportunity to discuss podiatry and  football!

Bad news for Pats fans is this.  Maurkice Pouncey, the Pro Bowl center for my Pittsburgh Steelers, had one of these high ankle sprains last year in the last game of the season. Despite that he “was feeling better“, in the week before the Super Bowl, it ultimately sidelined him and my Steelers lost that game.  I’m still in therapy from that loss.  In case you need another Steelers ankle analogy, Big Ben Roethlisberger had one of these high ankle sprains this year with three games to go in the season, and while he played most games after that, his performance suffered and ultimately was a factor in the distinct lack of black and gold in Indianapolis this week.  I’m still in therapy for that as well.

So, what would I tell the great Gronk to do to help that ankle sprain…

First of all, I would tell him “RICE.” Yes, you read that correctly–RICE. No, I’m not telling him to go load up on carbs before the big game against the New York Giants. It’s an acronym. It stands for the following:

  • Rest:  Rest is extremely important the first few days after a sprained ankle, but total inactivity can lead to stiffness.
  • Ice: (cold compresses) Use cold compresses and apply it to the injured ankle. Do not apply for more than a few minutes at a time.
  • Compression : For example using a bandage to apply compression to injured ankle which speeds healing process and provides support.
  • Elevation:  Elevate your leg up on the sofa or a stool.

Now, obviously, this guy is a professional football player and he has swarms of medical professionals around him watching his every move, so I’m sure he’s getting great care. After all, there’s a rather big game coming up on Sunday that I’m sure Gronk would like to play in.  And do I think if Gronk missed the game, the chances of the Pats not winning increase? Hmmm…we’ll just have to see!

If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday right away for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.