With only 6 Sundays left in the NFL’s regular season, teams around the nation are jockeying for wins to secure their slot in the playoffs and bowl games. It hasn’t been easy, and many teams have fought against the odds after losing players due to injuries. There is still plenty of time to change rankings, but it can be difficult to create a working relationship between players who are used to a certain teammate, and the new player substituted into their position.
While I was browsing the Sporting News website, I found a list of all currently injured players. As I scrolled through the list of 32 teams, I noticed that 13 had players out due to a toe injury.
-Arizona Cardinals: Rashard Mendenhall, RB
-Atlanta Falcons: Peria Jerry, DT
Tony Gonzales, TE
Steven Jackson, RB
-Baltimore Ravens: Bernard Pierce, RB
James Ihedigbo, S
-Dallas Cowboys: Danny McCray, S
-Denver Broncos: Eric Decker, WR
-Houston Texans: Brandon Brooks, G
Darryl Sharpton, LB
Eddie Pleasant, S
Duane Brown, T
-Kansas City Chiefs: Dezman Moses, LB
Ron Parker, CB
-Miami Dolphins: Dion Sims, TE
-Minnesota Vikings: Charlie Johnson, G
-New Orleans Saints: David Hawthorne, LB
-Oakland Raiders: Matt McCants, T
-San Diego Chargers: Eddie Royal, WR
Lawrence Guy, DE
Chad Rinehard, G
Eric Weddle, S
-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Erik Lorig, RB
All 23 of these players most likely have “turf toe,” a condition that affects the big toe and is commonly seen in sports with sudden stop and go movements. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and decreased movement at the toe joint, and can keep an athlete out of the game for anywhere between 3 days and 6 weeks.
If you have a sudden injury and are experiencing the above symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with us at Advanced Foot Care Centers as soon as possible. In the mean time, you should rest and elevate your foot, and apply ice to the painful area. Although your pain may go away quickly, once you have had an injury like this, you are more likely to get another one. Dr. Wiles at our Hixson, TN location is ready to help you with preventative measures such as taping, custom shoe inserts, or adjustments to your athletic shoes. You can contact our office by phone at (423) 875 – 9211.
By: Michael Wiles