Bad Idea: David Ortiz Stops a Ball with His Foot

David Ortiz went down in pain after a foot injury SundayBoston Red Sox player David Ortiz knew he was in trouble as soon as a ball hit his right foot during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays last Sunday. He went down in agony and, though he tried to play again later in the game, he could barely manage to hobble to first base before being taken off the field for medical treatment. The next day, Ortiz had been removed from the Red Sox’s lineup as the team embarked on its penultimate road trip of the season.

Expressing his initial fears about the injury, Ortiz told the press: “"It was not good. I thought I broke something.''

Thanks to some rest and care, however, things were looking a little better the day after the injury. Ortiz explained, "This morning, I took some anti-inflammatory (medication) and went back to sleep and four hours later, the swelling was reduced a little bit.”

Focusing on his prospects for playing throughout the rest of the season, Ortiz said, “Day by day, (I’ll) see how it feels. Right now, I can't put much weight on it, but it's better than it was (Sunday) night and what it was this morning. It's inflammation -- there's nothing broken or anything. Once the inflammation goes away, it'll be fine.''

I may be an Astros fan at heart, but even this Houston podiatrist has to root for the almost-38-year-old all-star, who, before this injury, had a shot at leading his league in both homers and RBIs. Hopefully, if he sticks to the tried-and-true sports injury remedy of rest, ice and careful attention from his podiatrist, he can still achieve that dream before the season comes to a close. 

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