Steeler Nation Update

Steelers’ Preseason: Starting Off On The Wrong Foot!

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Pittsburgh Steelers

It appears my Steelers’ preseason is starting off on the wrong, rather an injured foot—actually, make that an injured foot, a broken ankle, and a bum toe. <sigh> The terrible towel is already working overtime sopping up my tears…

Let’s start off with the toe Lawrence Timmons injured during training camp. You might be thinking, “Uh, a toe…no big deal!” It is a big deal. It’s the dreaded turf toe.

Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments around the big toe. Dancers and athletes are prone to this injury. It happens when an athlete jams his toe into the ground or bends his toe backward, beyond its normal range of movement. The toe is hyperextended and the joint is injured. Oh, and it hurts. Badly.

While it isn’t always career-killing, it does take a long time to heal. However, I am reminded of the beloved and legendary Steeler, Jack Lambert—one of the greatest linebackers of all time—whose incredible career was ended by turf toe. Where’s my towel? Let’s hope Lawrence does not follow in his shoes

Now let’s talk about our All Pro center Maurkice Pouncey, who underwent surgery on his broken ankle last week. He injured his ankle in the Steelers victory over the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field. Apparently he got this injury when a Packer’s player named “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix rolled onto it–um, not funny, Ha Ha! This isn’t the first injury for Maurkice, but let’s hope it’s his last.

And finally, there’s Bud Dupree, our rookie outside linebacker, who has suffered a right foot injury. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined and an update is forthcoming. Let’s hope the update is a positive one.

And let’s hope the rest of the Steelers remain healthy and have a full and winning season…a guy can dream, can’t he?

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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