As the football season kicks off, you may be worried and wondering about what potential injuries your favorite players may face this year. Will it keep them from playing, and for how long? With all of the high intensity gameplay and impact between players, injuries are inevitable. From tackling another player to making a sharp turn to avoid a potential tackle, their bodies are always in rapid motion. That said–did you know that the most common injuries football players face have to do with their feet?
- The Big Toe: Think about it–no matter what position a player is in, what’s the first part of their foot to endure any impact? The big toe is what we use to push off when the game starts. The pressure of pushing off isn’t usually enough to injure the big toe, however. It’s when they tackle, or are tackled, that the big toe is in danger. Especially during pile ups, the big toe is vulnerable to being crushed, over extended, or broken.
- The Ankle: Along with the big toe, what helps a player push off to start the game? Our ankles are a powerhouse of tendons and ligaments surrounding the bone and have extreme flexibility that is taken advantage of when playing football. Their flexibility allows a player to maneuver quickly to avoid a tackle. Understandably, these quick movements combined with high impact tackling and play fields that are sometimes slippery can be a recipe for a sprained, ruptured, or broken ankle.
- The Big Toe Nail(s): Certainly if the ankle and big toe are at such a high risk of injury when playing football, it’s no surprise that the third most common foot injury in football is to the toenail. The necessary footwear for athletes can be tight, and stopping short or being tackled can cause the foot to smash into an otherwise roomy shoe. Broken or bruised toenails are very common, and this is especially so when the player already has athlete’s foot, a type of fungus that can affect the toenails.
You can rest assured that when your favorite football player finds themselves with a foot related injury, they are promptly cared for by a podiatrist! Because foot injuries are so common for football players, developing a relationship with their podiatrist is crucial to their career. Just as it’s important for them, it’s important for you, too! Be proactive about your foot health and visit Dr. Scott McKinney at McKinney Podiatric Associates, P.A. Call us today at (713) 946-1500 to schedule an appointment at one of our 8 convenient locations in the Houston area!