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By contactus
February 08, 2012
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For those of you who watched the Super Bowl this weekend, you may remember that the Giants lost tight end Travis Beckum in the 2nd quarter to a torn ACL. While the knee joint is more in the scope of an orthopedic doctor, I take the condition and function of the knee into account with nearly every patient I see as a podiatrist. This is because what happens in the knee affects what happens in the ankle and foot, and vice versa as well.

The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a very important structure in regards to stability and function of the knee. It is attached inside the knee joint at an angle, basically from the back of the upper leg bone (femur) to the front of the lower leg bone (tibia). This orientation and attachment makes this ligament important in keeping the lower leg from moving too far forward compared to the upper leg.

A torn ACL is a fairly common injury in sports that involve lots of cutting motions, with or without contact from other players. Travic Beckum tore his ACL Sunday night while running a route. One wrong step caused the force of contact with the ground to move his upper and lower leg in such a way that the ligament could not handle. The excess force causes the ligament to fail, and therefore tear or rupture.

Depending on the severity of the injury, as well as the patient’s activity level and occupation, an ACL tear can be simply supported by brace and change in activity levels, while other times it may require surgery to repair the ligament and re-stabilize the knee. Regardless of the severity, a knee injury such as damage to the ACL can mean a long but very promising recovery.

It is important whenever you come into my office to make me aware of any previous injuries, especially to your knee, hip, and back, as they may be involved in the reason you are coming to see me. As always, please come see me for any leg and foot pain, problems, or questions.

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