Posts for tag: Lawrence Tynes

By Nrupa Shah
April 15, 2015
Category: MRSA

It’s obvious that NFL kickers need their feet to be healthy in all aspects in order to perform their best. If the health of their feet is compromised in any way, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. That was not the case for Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker, Lawrence Tynes. Tynes apparently contracted Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection during training camp. Tynes stated that the team did not disclose any information about him having the infection but he claimed they knew he had it. When he went to an outside physician, they knew right away that he had a MRSA infection. Since the infection, Tynes has had to retire due to how painful his toe is. He is currently in the process of suing the team for $20 million dollars.

MRSA infections are extremely serious and need to be monitored closely and treated as soon as possible. MRSA in the lower extremity is not necessarily a life or death issue but it is something that can cause extremely damaging complications sometimes as serious as amputation. In Tynes’ case, he almost had to have an amputation but because it was caught early and he was put on intravenous antibiotics, he was able to save his toe. Some signs to look out for when trying to figure out if you or someone else has contracted a MRSA infection in the foot is: an open sore or wound, active drainage of pus, increased warmth, redness, and swelling. Additionally, if you feel nauseous, feverish, or have vomited recently, those are also some indications that you may have an active infection. If this is the case, you should first go to your nearest emergency department. From there, you may be referred to a foot and ankle surgeon for more specific treatment. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ are extensively trained in treating lower extremity foot infections and will do whatever it takes to manage and cure your condition.

Again, if you or someone has any of the aforementioned signs or symptoms do not hesitate to go to your nearest emergency room. MRSA infections are nothing to take lightly and the quicker they are found and treated the quicker you will be on your feet again. It is truly unfortunate that Tynes had to end his career because of something that could have been avoided if caught early enough.

By Nrupa Shah