Posts for tag: Tiger Woods' Injury

By Dr Arden Smith
March 02, 2021
Category: Others
Tiger Woods required what his doctors called a "lengthy surgery" to repair significant injuries to his right leg, after his car rolled over outside Los Angeles. Reports indicate Woods' leg suffered, comminuted open fractures, meaning the bones broke in more than two places and broke through the skin. The surgeons treating Tiger Woods ended up putting in a rod that goes inside the canal of the tibia bone; and that generally does an excellent job of stabilizing that bone and getting those types of fractures to heal. Tiger Woods also had to have his ankle stabilized with screws and pins which might be more of a a concern for his future as a professional golfer.
 
The problem with the foot, is there are 28 bones in the foot; and they all work together, and if some of those fractures involved the joints; early onset arthritis can develop.
For a golfer, pain and restriction in the foot and ankle can impact their game, because a golf swing involves making an internal and external rotation of the leg. The ankle and the foot really work together for motion, so if he loses some of that motion either from arthritis or fusions, it can impact his swing.
 
At minimum Tiger Woods will probably be sidelined for up to 6 to 12 months if not longer.


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