This one hurts...
Coach Pete Carroll said someone stepped on the outside of Armstead’s foot. He left the field on a cart.
Armstead is set to have X-rays today.
USCFootball.com is now reporting that he has a broken foot and will have surgery Friday Morning.
USC defensive end Armond Armstead broke his left foot during Thursday morning practice. He's having surgery today.
That is a big deal! Armstead was going to be the guy on the D line this year...
Until we have all the details all we can do is speculate. But what I wrote here should give you guys some Idea as to what the surgery is.
Indications for Surgery
When surgery is indicated it underscores the necessity to diagnose and stabilize these sorts of fractures early so that the possibility of further injury can be reduced, as I noted before this type of injury is a bad actor and when the talk of surgery comes into the mix we can now see why.
The surgical procedure is termed Open Reduction Internal Fixation ORIF for short. The surgery is comprised of making a small incision at the area of the fracture and inserting either a pin or a screw in the bone to reduce the fracture into place and stabilize the fracture. Once the fracture is fully healed, usually 8-12 weeks, the hardware is then removed and the patient is usually immobilized with a splint or short cast until they are cleared to resume normal activity.
Below are some x-rays of the injury and treatment. The x-ray on the left clearly shows how this injury has progressed to be significant enough to require surgery. This is why it is so imperative to diagnose and treat these injuries early so that the patient does not require surgery.