Posts for tag: NFL

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

Professional football players are in the “middle of the pack” when it comes to salary contracts. Most probably disagree with that statement, but it’s true—it has to be. They don’t play 82 games like basketball players. They don’t play 162 games like baseball players. Professional football players play a whopping 17 games, and most of the time that’s one game per week maybe two! So for them to sign extraordinarily high salaries like baseball players would be uneconomical. But, that’s not to say there aren’t contract signings out there that won’t make your heart skip a beat. You probably guessed it, Darrelle Revis, touted as the second best cornerback in the NFL, recently signed with his old team, the New York Jets. His contract is worth $70 million dollars over 5 years with 39 million guaranteed. Now, if you average that out per game per season (assuming one season=one year), that comes out to an astronomical $460K/game…and that’s just with the money that is guaranteed to him. If you use the numbers of his full contract, the dollar amount sky-rockets to $820K/game. I don’t know about you, but I would be happy just playing one game!

According to the Professional Football Player’s Association, the average age of a professional football player is 35 years. Revis is currently 30 years old, is probably at his peak in terms of performance, and his contract will end at the current average age. I think he has the deal of all deals for any athlete in sports right now. Surprising, though, is Revis tore his ACL while playing for the Jet’s which is why he was traded to the Buc’s in 2012-13. Now the tides have turned and the Jet’s offer him this ridiculously high salary. Do you think the management is worried about his ACL tear? I wouldn’t be. Although a very devastating injury to most, surgical treatment and therapy now-a-days is so sophisticated that athletes usually come back as strong as or stronger than they were previously.

So the next time you think an injury may hinder your favorite player’s chance at playing again (and playing for a max contract) think back to Darrelle Revis and the new deal he has coming up…congrats Mr. Revis!  If you sustain an injury while playing sports, please don’t hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

By Nrupa Sha

Prior to Manti Te’o’s matriculation into the NFL, he was surrounded by a lot of controversy. I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say for a 20 year old NFL rookie, it was probably more than he anticipated...and probably for all the wrong reasons, but that makes for a different story. The story today is that he has recovered from his previous foot injury and participated in his first workout session of 2014, according to Yahoo Sports. Manti Te’o had surgery to repair a previously sprained foot that he played on for 15 games. It was said that the surgery was more than just a “clean up” process meaning that there was more wrong with his foot than a simple sprain. The message here is, no matter how strong or tough someone is, if there is pain in the foot, especially from a sprain, please get it checked out as soon as possible. Once “something” goes wrong in one part of your foot, another part of your foot has to take over and work harder causing that particular part of your foot to become injured, and so-on-and-so-forth.

Your feet are extremely important! A study concluded that American’s take, on average, approximately 5,000 steps per day. That is a lot of wear and tear and your feet! It also shows that we rely on our foot more than we think, and your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Edison and Monroe, NJ are here to make sure you don’t miss a beat. As stated earlier, pain will just compound to other joints and the problems will just get worse. Notice I said problems, meaning you will more than likely have pain in not only your foot but also your ankle, knee, hip, and possibly as high up as your back.

Moral of the story...do not take your feet for granted. You use them every single day and they take a lot of wear and tear so they need to be cared for appropriately. So, if there is anything that seems out of the ordinary, please don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment so it’s not too late and you need surgery, as in Manti Te’o’s case.

 By Varun Gujral