EXCLUSIVE: NYC Foot Surgeon Talks with The Jet Press About Holmes Injury

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Sep 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets player Santonio Holmes (10) is helped off the field after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

TJP:In another discussion, you told me that “Lisfranc” is only the “tip of the iceberg”. Can you expand on that for us?

DNB:Any Lisfranc’s injury can lead to chronic foot pain, and ultimately arthritis of the midfoot. Unstable injuries carry the worst prognosis – with or without surgery. Because there is such a high risk for the development of arthritis with some severe injuries, I sometimes perform more drastic reconstructive procedures to stiffen up the midfoot.

TJP:What is the rehab like? The Jets expect Holmes to be completely ready for 2013. Is that realistic, or could there be complications?

DNB:As far as Holmes rehab, there are still some missing pieces, and his exact condition is not entirely known. I imagine they will be quiet from here on in, and we won’t get a full disclosure. With or without surgery, this season is a wash. As for his future, only time will tell whether or not his midfoot will be able to meet the demands of his position. We can only hope he doesn’t develop midfoot arthritis that interferes with his ability to shine or play for that matter.

Very interesting stuff. Based on what Dr. Blitz is saying, it would appear based on what we have learned, that the stability of the midfoot is in question, and if so that typical scenario that requires surgery, and they carry a worst prognosis. The potential is there, as I am interpreting what Dr. Blitz is saying, that the potential is there that Holmes will never be the same.

Other guys have come back from this, so it’s not a guarantee that Holmes will be a different player next year. Time will tell, but one thing is for sure, this is major. As major as Darrelle’s ACL issue.

Such is life as a New York Jets fan.

We thank Dr. Neal Blitz very much for taking the time to talk with us. To learn more about the doctor, please visit his website at www.DrNealBlitz.com

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