After the World Cup celebrations were all said and done, it wasn’t all fun and games for Alex Morgan. The U.S. Women’s national team forward recently underwent right knee surgery. They performed a minor arthroscopic procedure, cleaning the joint of all debris and excess fibrous scar tissue. Similar procedures can be done by our local podiatrist to clean the ankle joints of arthritic fibers. These fibers in the joint can cause a “tight” feeling, or restrict movement in your ankle.
Morgan’s minor procedure will likely put her on the sideline for three weeks or more. This will hopefully give her enough recovery time before the USWNT kicks off their World Cup Victory Tour in August. It is important to listen to your physician when discussing rest and recovery time. Morgan played in the World Cup with a left knee contusion and was unable to give it her best for five out of the seven matches. Before, in 2014, she injured her left ankle which left her with a lasting injury, restricting her playing capability permanently. There were speculations that she didn’t recover for the proper amount of time before hitting the practice field, which might end up jeopardizing her career in the long run. This is an example of why it is important to listen to your doctor when they tell you to rest and recover.
If you or anyone you know has recurring foot or ankle injuries, Frederick Foot & Ankle would love to discuss the issue and evaluate the problem. It is important to get proper treatment so that you can be on the road to recovery. Come visit us at either our Urbana, MD office or our Frederick, MD office, our Doctors and staff are here to help.
By Alvin Bannerjee