Mac’s Medical Corner
A lot of attention has been paid to Julio Jones and his turf toe which caused him a few games at the end of the season and to leave the divisional playoff game early. He was a full participant in practice on Friday, but as Allen Iverson would say: ‘Practice? We talkin bout practice.’
It’s a different story come game time.
Now before you say ‘c’mon it’s just a toe, quit being a pussy.’ let’s think about it a little further. Jones comes in at 6’3″ and 220lbs. He runs a 4.39 40. That’s a damn impressive combination of size, power, and speed. To move at that speed he needs to generate a tremendous amount of force. That force culminates with his foot and toes pushing off the ground. Similar to Dom Toretto’s 1970 Dodge Charger getting off the line, Julio is creating a large amount of torque on his big toe when he pushes off.
Turf toe is a common name for a hyper-extension injury occurring at the metatarsal-phalange joint of the hallux or big toe. Now there can be many tiny variations of this but eventually that repeated hyper-extension of the big toe when in dorsiflexion is going to reduce his power and ability to push off. There’s no doubt that he’ll get shot up with some Toradol or other form of pain numbing med before the game but that’s not going to help heal that hyper-extension to the joint.
Julio is going to play, but how effective is he going to be in the 4th quarter, after 60+ plays of offense, if his team really needs him to come through? If he can’t push off that foot he’s going to have a helluva time trying to beat the press and get off the line into those timing routes. Hopefully, the dirty birds are up by 30 and they won’t need Jones because lets face it, no reasonable adult roots for the packers.
Wash your hands,