Ankle Pain Leads to MRSA Infection in NY Giants Player

Brad Schaeffer, D.P.M.
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New York Giants player, Daniel Fells, is battling for his life after suffering from an extremely serious and debilitating MRSA infection. Now, Fells is battling to save his leg, his career and his life. It is uncertain if his leg will need to be amputated and if the infection spread in his body the outcome could be more grave.

NY Giants player Daniel Fells

Fells contacted MRSA after an ankle injury. After receiving a routine cortisone injection, Fells began complaining of foot and ankle pain for the days to follow. His wife finally brought him to the hospital with a fever and he was diagnosed with a Staphylococcus aureus infection. Fells is on an antibiotic IV and has already undergone 5 surgeries.

MRSA is a dangerous infection. It is common among contact sports athletes as well as hospital workers. Everyone carries some form of staph bacteria on their skin with roughly 1% carrying the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Even at that point, the bacteria are not dangerous unless it enters the skin which can affect the blood, bones and eventually the bran and heart.

This is a prime example of how a small problem can turn very serious, very quickly. If you have a foot or ankle problem that needs to be treated, you should see a doctor sooner rather than later. Likewise, if you have persistent pain from an injury do not wait to be seen by a doctor. Our office offers 24/7 emergency care to help prevent these situations.

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