New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter just made his debut after a twice-broken ankle caused him to miss 91 games this season. But the very next day, he had to be taken out of the game again after he sustained a Grade 1 strain of the quadriceps muscle in his right thigh; he got the injury while running to first base on July 11.
Yankee’s General Manager Brian Cashman thought that the injury might have occurred because Jeter was compensating for his ankle injury, something that is quite likely if he hadn’t allowed his break to fully heal.
With this compounding injury, Jeter will now have to rest and receive treatment again; if he doesn’t heal quickly, he’ll have to return to the disabled list and be banned from the game until late July.
After nearly nine months of rehab for his ankle fracture, Jeter was understandably pretty upset about the latest setback. “It’s frustrating. I don’t know what else you want me to say,” he vented in a statement released by the Yankees.
In hindsight, Jeter has every right to be frustrated. His initial injury was the result of improperly resting a lesser ankle injury—toward the end of last year’s season, Jeter played with a bone bruise in the ankle, getting cortisone shots so he could play through the pain and help his team through its playoff run. He pushed too hard, though, and on Oct. 13, the pressure was too great and his ankle finally broke. The fracture was bad enough that he needed surgery. He thought that he’d be back in time for the beginning of this season, but Jeter’s ankle cracked again during spring training, making him miss most of this year’s games and also putting his career in peril.
So what do learn from all this? Ankle injuries are no joke, and they have to be treated correctly and rested and rehabbed appropriately. Even if you aren’t a professional athlete, ignoring an ankle injury or pushing too hard after a bone break can lead to permanent health problems. After an ankle injury, visit your Houston podiatrist immediately at Tanglewood Foot Specialists to avoid a long term disability.