Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre has a difficult decision in front of him. The 41 yr old told ESPN that the left ankle injury he sustained in the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints is still hurting him. His orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, told Favre that surgery would be necessary if he wants to play professional football again. Favre may just retire instead, putting an end to his 19 year NFL career.
On his website, officialbrettfavre.com, Favre says:
“While my ankle has been bothering me, the injury is not debilitating,” the statement said. “For example, I’m able to work around my property without any problems. Sure — certain exercises cause some ankle pain, but it’s nothing that I haven’t experienced [or played with] before. In fact, many people don’t realize that I injured my ankle before the NFC Championship game. I’ve had surgery on this ankle twice before, and I’ve played with the pain before. The hits I took throughout the 2009 season, including the Saints game, just added to the ankle pain and likely caused some bone spurs.”
Bone spurs usually occur as a result of a disease or condition — commonly with osteoarthritis. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joint, your body attempts to repair the loss. Often this means creating new areas of bone along the edges of your existing bones.
Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms, being undetected until an X-ray for another condition reveals the growths. If symptomatic, spurs can cause pain or decreased motion in the joints.