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Hakeem Nicks Will Return to the Field After Recovering for a Broken Foot

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Hakeem Nicks, a wide receiver for The New York Giants, will be returning to the field very soon after recovering from a broken foot and the surgery repairing it. He broke his foot during the spring and spent the summer recovering. Now, he has been cleared as healthy enough to play in the opening game on Wednesday, September 5.

You may be surprised by his quick return the field after a significant injury like a broken bone. However, if you have ever had a broken or fractured bone in your foot, you know that broken (fractured) bones in the foot can be painful, but rarely are they disabling and they usually don’t require operative treatment like in Nicks’ case.

You can have two different types of fractures in your foot. The first is a stress fracture. Stress fractures are relatively common in sports because they can happen when there is a sudden increase in activity or exercise, changes in surfaces, or if you use improper training techniques.
The second type is a general bone fracture. Bone fractures extend through the bone while stress fractures are more like tiny cracks on the bone’s surface. You may have heard of ‘closed; fractures or ‘open’ fractures. Open fractures are when the bone pushes through and breaks the skin. In a closed fracture, the skin is not broken. Bone fractures are usually caused by trauma, such as a twisting or falling injury or dropping something heavy on your foot.

Since the foot is so complex and nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are in your feet, there are many other specific types of fractures involving your feet. There are some symptoms that are common to all types of fractures. Those symptoms are pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising as well.

If you suspect that you have a fracture in your foot, it is important to seek medical treatment. If you would like more information on bone fractures or stress fractures, call our office a t 615-220-8788. You can also request an appointment online.

Category: Common Sport Injuries


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