The Atlanta Falcon’s wide receiver Julio Jones is in the same place he was two years ago; out with a fractured right foot. During the game against the New York Jets, Jones injured the same foot he did in 2011, but was able to finish the game on it. An x-ray taken afterwards didn’t show any problems, but a CT scan the following morning pointed to a more serious problem. It was later announced that Jones needs surgery and will be out for the rest of the season.
Every year, 1 out of every 1,240 people in the general population will be injured with some type of foot or ankle fracture. Fractures can be caused by any number of things, with some sort of traumatic injury being the most common. Below is a listing of some of the types of foot and ankle fractures:
- Calcaneus Fracture – The calcaneus is your heel bone. It is most commonly fractured when you fall from a height (ex. ladder,) are in an automobile accident, or in high-energy sports.
- Talus Fracture – The talus is the bone that connects your leg bones to your foot bones. It is most commonly fractured when you fall from a significant height (ex. 3 story building) or in a high-speed automobile accident.
- Ankle Fracture – The ankle is made up of three bones. Two of these bones are from your leg and are above the ankle joint (the tibia and the fibula) and the third bone is part of your foot and is below the ankle joint (the talus.) An ankle fracture can be made up of injury to 1, 2, or all 3 of these bones.
- Metatarsal Stress Fracture – The 5 metatarsals are the long bones of your feet. This type of fracture is also known as a “March Fracture” because it is commonly seen in military recruits. This is not a sudden injury, rather an injury that slowly happens over time from repeated micro-trauma.
- Navicular Stress Fracture –The navicular is a bone on the middle side of your foot that connects the anklebone to the long bones. This type of fracture is mostly seen in athletes that require a lot of side-to-side or sudden changes in direction like soccer, basketball, and sprinters.
Symptoms of foot and ankle fractures can include pain, swelling, redness, bruising, difficulty walking, and relief of pain when the foot/ankle is resting compared to being active.
Treatment for any of these fractures depends on the severity, location, and any symptoms the patient may be having.Options may include conservative measures such as the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation,) a cast and crutches, or possibly surgery. It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible because even with proper medical care; some of these injuries can lead to long-term problems such as arthritis, pain, and the need for further treatment down the road.
Although Jones’ specific type of injury hasn’t been released, it most likely involves one of the problems listed above. Just as he sought treatment, you too should contact Dr. Gupta at Advanced Foot Care’s Chattanooga location on Brainerd Road as soon as you notice these symptoms.
By: Rachna Gupta