In the aftermath of learning the extent of Santonio Holmes’ injury, and that he is lost for the year, I wanted to bring in some more detail from an expert as to why this injury is so significant. Luckily, we were able to do this, thanks to a NYC doctor.
Dr. Neal Blitz is an internationally recognized Reconstructive Foot Surgeon, practicing in Manhattan. He holds the position of Chief of Foot Surgery and Associate Chairman of Orthopedics at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. He has significant experience if complex foot trauma, sports injuries and major reconstruction. Dr. Blitz was gracious enough to sit down with the Jet Press for a brief interview about “Lisfranc” injuries, and what it could potentially to Santonio Holmes and his career. Take a look:
THE JET PRESS:The Jets have confirmed that Holmes has a “Lisfranc” injury, ending his season. Give my readers a layman’s explanation as to what this injury is.
DR. NEAL BLITZ:A Lisfranc’s injury is best described as a severe sprain of the midfoot ligaments. The midfoot is stabilized by a complex configuration of strong thick ligaments that support several bones. Injury to these ligaments can render the midfoot joint unstable.
A Lisfranc’s injury is pure ligamentous sprain of the midfoot. When small fracture(s) are present, there is complete rupture of the ligaments. With severe injury there is also dislocation of the joints.
In Holmes case, it is highly likely that his ‘Lisfranc’s injury’ is just a simple sprain, and I suspect there is also small fractures that were hidden on the XR, indicating that he has at least a Lisfranc’s fracture. The real question is whether or not his midfoot is stable.
TJP:How much more difficult does surgery(which we found out Santonio is going to require) make the situation?
DNB:Surgery is typically recommended when the midfoot joint is found to be unstable. Surgery for unstable injuries varies based on surgeons, but typically involves placing wires and or screws to hold the bone in the proper position while the ligaments heal – a process that takes 6-8 weeks in a cast and crutches, followed by rehabilitation.