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A Primer on The Plantar Plate – Blake Griffin’s Latest Nemesis

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers’ star power forward, did not return to play the second half in last Friday’s first round playoff game against the Utah Jazz. The 28 year-old reportedly suffered an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. It is a big loss for the Clippers, who now trail the Jazz 3-2 in their best of seven series. Griffin, who will not return to action this post season, was evaluated Tuesday by a foot and ankle specialist. Accounts say that he will seek several other opinions prior to undergoing surgery.

What is the plantar plate?

Breaking Down Albert Pujols' Plantar Fasciitis

albert_pujols_betterFor a guy whose foot is “hurting real bad”, Albert Pujols of the Angels is off to a great start this season. Though he is playing most games at DH rather than first base to limit the time he is on his feet, the logic, clearly a compromise, is flawed; He hits (and walks), therefore he stands and runs…

Why Did Rasheed Wallace Play On Monday?

rasheed38 year-old Rasheed Wallace faced reality today and opened up a spot on the Knicks’ roster by announcing his retirement. Though it was evidently hoped he would mend in time to contribute in the playoffs, it must have been obvious that it was not to be. Why then have him play for four minutes on Monday before leaving the court with soreness in his post-operative foot? Wasn’t Wallace’s condition evident in practice? Four minutes should not have tested him as much as drills and practice would have. Maybe someone wanted to prove a point.

Kobe Bryant’s Achilles Lowdown

kobeWith the focus on projecting the impact of 35 year-old Kobe Bryant’s ruptured left Achilles on the Lakers’ playoff prospects and his future in the sport, there hasn’t been much said about the implications of Bryant having played hurt. It is as though one injury had no bearing on the other. That is not likely the case.

Kobe sustained what was reportedly a “severe” left ankle sprain on March 13th and returned to the lineup after missing only several games.

Stress Reactions Versus Stress Fractures

rasheedExcessive and repetitive loading on weight-bearing bones can cause what some term “fatigue damage”. The milder stress reaction results in bony abnormalities that are evident with diagnostic testing (MRI, bone scans or less likely x-ray) but does not entail disruption of the cortex, the outer shell. In contrast, stress fractures progress from stage 1 to stage 3, and in each the degree of cortical cracking becomes more extensive leading ultimately to failure. Simple x-rays often do not reveal evidence of stress injuries until healing is well underway and the calcification “lights up” the area.

Lisfranc Injuries In The NFL

Santonio_Holmes_2011Santonio Holmes, Jets wide receiver, Cedric Benson, running back for Green Bay and Carolina center, Ryan Kalil all have something unfortunate in common; they recently suffered Lisfranc injuries. Mike Freeman wrote for the NFL Insider, that though some believe the prevalence of the injury may be increasing due to the ever-increasing speed of the game coupled with the size of the players, he feels, as do others, that it is simply a coincidence.