It’s an exciting time for the New York Jets who just resigned one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, Darrelle Revis. Revis previously played 6 seasons for the Jets but when he tore his ACL (ligament in the Knee) he was traded to Tampa Bay for one season before signing a 2 year deal with the patriots. Football is a high impact sport where many players sustain injuries to their lower extremity. For example Revis tore his ACL which is one of the ligaments in the knee that connects the upper and lower legs together. Jimmy Smith a cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens suffered a sprained ankle last season which put him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Ankle sprains commonly occur when players are performing maneuvers where they change direction quickly. This causes their foot to twist with a great amount of force that stretches and tears the ligaments surrounding the ankle. Other common injuries to the foot and ankle that can occur when playing football include Achilles Tendonitis which is where you get swelling and inflammation of the Achilles Tendon often due to overuse of the tendon, blisters, fractures, and turf toe which is where you sprain the ligaments of the big toe joint.
When any of these injuries occur the best initial course of action on the field is to perform R.I.C.E. which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is essential because if you don’t remove the stresses from the injured foot the tissues will not have a chance to repair. The best thing to do is get the person to sit on the ground so all the weight is removed from the injured foot. Ice is needed to reduce the swelling and pain associated with the injury. It is recommended that ice be wrapped in a towel and applied to the injured area in 20 minute intervals (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off). Along with ice you also need to apply compression to the injured site to prevent further swelling using compression dressings or elastic bandages. Just be sure the amount of compression being supplied is not cutting off circulation to the area. Finally, elevation of the injured extremity will also help to prevent swelling. Following this initial course of action, immediate medical attention should be sought. With the right course of action full recovery can be achieved and you can be back on the field again like Darrelle Revis.
If you think you have suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury or would like more information about these types of injuries and the management of them, please make an appointment with one of our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Center located in Howell NJ.