You know that had to hurt! Texas Rangers’ Joe Ortiz has been riding around on a knee bike, unable to put pressure on his foot, because of a crazy off-season injury.
Apparently the pitcher was hanging out in Venezuela, crossing the street while texting (a very bad idea, as you’ll soon see), when a motorcyclist traveling at 55 mph turned onto the road and ran over his left foot. The bones were broken in the incident.
He’s been doing a ton of rehab work, but is not expecting to play in games until mid-April. The team’s season begins on March 31 in an at-home match-up against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Unlike some fractures, bones broken by crush injuries can be very unpredictable when it comes to healing. In addition to the broken bones, muscles and nerves are also likely to be damaged in an accident like Ortiz’, making recovery time much longer then the traditional six weeks associated with a non-displaced foot fracture. While bones heal, you’ll also likely be dealing with swelling, pain and possibly numbness. Even once your bones have ercovered, it may take up to two years before your sensation returns to normal.
Now that you know how hard it is to come back from a crushed foot injury, I hope you’ll take away two things from this blog post: never text and walk (or, of course, drive) and always seek top-notch care for a broken foot, regardless of the cause of the injury. If you could be dealing with an extended recovery period, you’ll want to do it under the watchful eye of Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider.