Defensive-end Jared Allen plays for the Carolina Panthers. He injured and fractured his foot last week in a game against the Seahawks and was upset when he found out that his coach, Ron Rivera, won’t let him play in Sundays NFC title game. Rivera said. “I’m not going to say this is one of those ones where you have to save him from himself.” Rivera did not specify which foot or bone was injured, nor did he reveal if any surgical intervention was necessary. Allen sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 31-24 win over Seattle on Sunday, but finished the game. It was also recently announced that Jared Allen will not be playing in the Superbowl.
Fractures typically take six to eight weeks to heal, depending on how badly the bone was fractured. If there was any displacement or shifting of the bone, then surgical intervention may be warranted. Typically surgical intervention occurs when the patient is athletic and the bone is not in proper alignment. Depending on exactly which bone Jared Allen injured and how much it shifted would determine if any surgery was needed. If surgical intervention does occur, typically a screw or a plate with screws are used to hold the fracture in place. The hardware typically stays in for lifetime. In rare cases, the screws may shift in time, and it may be necessary to remove the hardware. This is a mild surgical procedure and can often times be done in the office, depending on where the screw is located.
Recovery after surgery consists of not putting any pressure on the affected foot for approximately 4 to 6 weeks, until a boney bridge has formed strong enough. This entails the use of crutches and/or special boot/cast. Once the bone is completely healed, in approximately 8 weeks, the patient can typically ease into their activities. In some cases, physical therapy is necessary to regain strength.
If no surgical intervention is required, the patient is required to stay off the affected foot for 4 to 6 weeks utilizing a special boot/cast. Xrays will routinely be taken to check the progress of the fracture and make sure it is healing in a timely fashion. Here at Advanced Podiatry we have the latest imaging modalities to diagnose any fractures. Our doctors have the highest degree of surgical training, if that is the route that is necessary to treat your fracture. If you have any pain in your feet or ankles, do not hesitate to call us today at 813-875-0555!