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Cincinnati Bengals' Mohamed Sanu Could Miss Rest of Season Due To Stress Fracture

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Mohamed Sanu, wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to miss the rest of the 2012 season due to a stress fracture he suffered during practice last week.

Sanu was scheduled for surgery for Monday, December 3, for the stress fracture, which is in the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. The bad news is that the injury will likely put him out for the rest of the season, which has five more weeks. The good news is that the injury should not affect him long-term and he should be back and ready to play next season.

According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, football players are particularly vulnerable to foot and ankle sprains and fractures. Stress fractures are a common sports injury. In fact, 15% of all sports injuries are stress fractures. Fortunately for athletes, there are many conservative treatment options for stress fractures and most stress fractures can usually be healed just with time and immobilization.

Of course, treatment of a stress fracture depends on the severity of the break, but surgery, such as the surgery Sanu had for his stress fracture, is usually only performed in serious cases.

Some conservative treatment options include:

  • Casting or medical shoe. A cam walker boot or a surgical shoe can be used to immobilize the foot and and protect the fractured bone while it heals. A wheelchair or crutches may be used in addition to keep weight off the foot.
  • Rest. Sometimes rest alone can heal a stress fracture.
  • Avoidance of activity. Stress fractures are caused by repetitive stress from some activity. Avoiding the activity causing that stress is crucial to the healing process.

If you are suffering from a stress fracture or other sports injury and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Common Sport Injuries

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