It’s no secret in Houston that our Texans have gone from bad to worse to absurdly terrible. For those of you who are thinking of switching allegiance to that other Texas team just north of here, you may want to think again.
During the Cowboy’s victory over the Redskins on Sunday, quarterback Tony Romo injured himself somehow (exactly how is a topic still under debate by head coach Jason Garrett and team owner Jerry Jones). At the moment when Romo hurt himself, he appeared to kick his own heel as he stumbled. Now the coach says he has a foot injury, but the team owner says he strained his back.
Over the next couple of plays, Romo was clearly experiencing foot pain, as he showed a clear limp during game action. At one point, he even had to hop on one foot as he handed off the ball. Although Romo rallied and helped lead his team to victory, it’s unclear if the injury will affect the QB as he tries to help his team into the playoffs.
While Romo seemed fine by the end of the game, as a Houston podiatrist, I’m concerned for him and the Cowboys. Sports injuries can be difficult to deal with; even if an athlete is able to play through the pain initially, doping so can actually exacerbate an existing injury, leading to more pain and, in the end, more time on the bench.
The last thing Texas football needs is another team on a losing streak, so I sincerely hope that Romo will rest his foot as much as he needs to, even if that means missing a game. In my office, I know how much it means to your athlete to stay in the game, but I also know that no sport is worth risking long-term foot problems. If you or your child has sustained a sports injury, come see Dr. Andrew Schneider for care that will get you back in the game at the safest, earliest date possible.