What’s wrong with Cam Newton’s foot?
Cam Newton sees foot specialist for Lisfranc injury
Carolina Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton injured his foot during a Week 2 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has been sidelined due to the injury and hasn’t made progress with this rehabilitation. “I was hiding an injury where I could have easily said, I don’t think I’m ready. Maybe I need to sit this one out…” Newton Said.
What is a Lisfranc injury?
A Lisfranc injury occurs when the bones or ligaments that support the middle part of the foot are broken or torn. The bones and ligaments of the midfoot allow you to walk and transfer your body weight from the heel of the foot to the toes.
How does a Lisfranc injury happen?
A common way to sustain a Lisfranc injury is by directly twisting the midfoot. This type of injury is common in contact sports (ie football). The spectrum of injury severity varies widely from only single-ligament injury to a full fracture-dislocation, which is more severe. Car accidents and crush injuries are other mechanisms that can cause a Lisfranc injury.
How do I know if I have a Lisfranc injury?
Lisfranc injuries are very painful. The pain is most severe to the middle part of the foot. You may not be able to stand on your foot due to the pain. Oftentimes there is significant bruising and swelling that occurs on the top and bottom of the foot.
How are Lisfranc injuries treated?
Treatment of these injuries depends on the severity of injury, mechanism of injury, and patient activity level. Nonsurgical treatment is possible if there are no fractures and the ligaments are not completely torn. The patient may be in a cast or removable boot walker for 6-12 weeks. Surgery is often required when there is a break in the bone or if the joints are out of place. Surgery will put the bones and joints in their proper position and alignment.
How long is recovery?
After surgery, the patient may be non-weightbearing for 6-8 weeks. Weight-bearing is allowed when bones show good healing on X-ray. Regular follow-up visits with your foot and ankle surgeon is critical. Return to sport or activity is entirely possible if proper rehabilitation is followed. Former Nebraska Cornhusker running back Ameer Abdullah sustained this injury several years ago but made a recovery and is now playing for the Minnesota Vikings.
For Cam Newton, return to play this season is unlikely. Even with nonsurgical treatment, the recovery process is extensive. If you suspect you have a Lisfranc injury to your foot, make an appointment with one of our foot and ankle specialists.