Texans' QB Matt Schaub Has Another Foot Surgery

Houston Texans Matt Schaub recovering from foot surgeryHouston Texans' quarterback Matt Schaub revealed that he had another surgery last week to remove hardware from his foot. He was out the majority of the 2011 season with a Lisfranc injury, a severe injury to the midfoot. The procedure was done to remove the hardware from the original surgery to repair the injury.

While many people with foot or ankle surgery have the hardware left in, this procedure, especially on a professional athlete like Schaub, requires the screws to be removed. Leaving the hardware in can lead to weakness in the bone, causing it to be more easily injured. It is also a possibility for the hardware itself to break when under undo stress. The removal of the hardware allows the bone to return to full strength.

That said, it is still unclear how Schaub will perform in the 2012 season. A Lisfranc injury is a particularly difficult one to recover from. Any reduction in stability or mobility will effect his effectiveness as a quarterback. There also may not be a complete relief of pain. I'm sure Schaub knows this and is doing all he can to build up the strength to prepare for training camp.

As a Texans fan, I look forward to seeing a fully recovered Schaub leading our team to the playoffs once again and into the Super Bowl. As a Houston podiatrist, I hope to see a full recovery that will not encumber his upcoming season and playing career. Here's to hoping Schaub continues to move forward and keeps on healing.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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