Devin Gardner says the 15 pounds he's added will make him more durable when the season starts this fall.Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner is fifteen pounds heavier than last season and states that the weight gain will make him more durable as the team heads full-tilt into their first spring practice games.

The weight gain comes out of Gardner being unable to play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl due to a severe toe injury on his left foot. The injury was sustained in regular season finale versus Ohio State. He said it was the worst pain of his life.

“We didn’t get the win, but I was excited to be able to finish the game. It felt really weird, and it hurt really bad,” Gardner states. Yet the quarterback is hesitant to call it a fracture—though it most assuredly was a foot injury. He was recently seen wearing a plate in his shoe designed to offer complete protection during practices.

Fracture or not, a sports related foot or ankle injury can be devastating to any athletic career. If you’ve suffered a foot or ankle injury during a game or practice, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can diagnose, offer advice, and provide treatment for a large range of ailments.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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