NFL Injuries -- Foot, Ankle, Knees

Top 5 Most Common NFL Injuries

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Top 5 Common NFL InjuriesInjuries are unfortunately on my mind.

With the start of the NFL season right around the corner, two of my Steelers are out with injuries ALREADY!

Not just any injuries, mind you—the dreaded Lisfranc injury! If you don’t know what this is, learn more about this painful foot injury here and why they may be on the rise in the NFL.

Running back Le’Veon Bell and Tight End Matt Spaeth will be viewing the official start of the season from the sidelines. Ugh. Double ugh. My terrible towel is already soaked with tears and the season hasn’t even officially started yet. What’s a Steeler’s fan to do? Are the football gods against us?

O.K. enough lamenting— here are some of the more common injuries an NFL player might encounter out on the great green field. (source: Yahoo Sports)

Knee Injuries

Knees are vulnerable areas. A player could have an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury or a MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury. Another injury is a meniscus tear. All of these are painful and need plenty of time to heal. Many knee injuries have ended NFL careers.

Ankle Injuries

Another common NFL injury is an ankle sprain. With proper treatment and rest, a player can be up and running in no time. Without it, the ankle could give a player problems the rest of his career!

Leg Injuries

There are a whole host of leg injuries that can occur while playing football, including a hamstring strain, contusion (a muscle bruise), or a hip pointer injury. Hip pointer injuries happen after impact to the hip bone. Hip pointers can cause excruciating pain, as well as bruising and bleeding to the abdominal muscles.

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulders also experience a variety of injuries. Injuries include dislocation, AC (acromioclavicular) joint injury, or stingers (an injury brought on by a blow to the head resulting in nerve damage to the shoulder and arm).

Head Injuries

Concussions are all too common in the NFL. Unfortunately, even the mildest of  head injuries can have life long consequences. Concussion are caused by a strike to the head, resulting in some trauma to the brain. Mild concussions may cause confusion, memory loss and a headache, while a severe concussion may lead to loss of consciousness and extended confusion.

So there you have the most common NFL injuries! Stay tuned next week for the 5 most unusual NFL football injuries. Hopefully, one of my Steelers won’t make this list between now and then.

If you are looking for a podiatrist or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker 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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