Secretive Peyton Manning May Need Foot Surgery

Could plantar fasciitis end Peyton Manning's NFL career?It’s been a month since Peyton Manning dropped out of play for the Denver Broncos because of heel pain associated with a torn plantar fasciia; for most of the world, it was the first time hearing that the 39-year-old quarterback was dealing with any kind of foot pain.

But thanks to a slip-of-the-tongue from Peyton’s dad, Archie, it’s just become clear that the problem goes back a lot farther than we all originally thought. According to Papa Manning, “"He really had this foot problem. It’s been going on for five or six months.”

Now, that might not seem like such a major admission, except that prior to his injury-driven exit from the game, Peyton was kind of stinking up the field, throwing twice as many interceptions as he did touchdowns for the team.

On top of that sticky problem, his injury timeline makes a big difference when it comes to treatment plans. As I previously mentioned, Peyton flew to North Carolina last month to get a second opinion on his foot problem; he was reportedly told that if his injury didn’t heal within a year, he’d need surgery. Now, we all thought he had 11 more months to deal with that decision, but now we see it’s really only 6 months before he will have to face an operation decision. 

Given Peyton’s advanced athletic age and his already-impressive career, it will be interesting to see what decision he ends up making when the time comes around. As Archie says, “"Whatever he does, Peyton will attack it. If he steps down, he’ll find something else and go after it. If he wants to play some more, he’ll go after it.” Good luck to this great athlete!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.