Aaron Rodgers denies having COVID toe after claiming to have had it

Aaron Rodgers denies having COVID toe after claiming to have had it

UPDATE: After this story was initially published, Aaron Rodgers appeared to back off from saying that his toe injury was related to his COVID infection. The Wall Street Journal reported:

After previously describing it in vague terms as a "Covid injury," Rodgers referred to his injury on Tuesday with the term "Covid Toe," a medical condition that can arise from the body's response to the disease he had recently contracted.
On Wednesday, however, after The Wall Street Journal ran a story reflecting his remarks, he said he had never heard of "Covid Toe" and instead has a fractured toe.
"I mentioned yesterday that it's worse than a turf toe and it must be a bone issue," Rodgers said. "I've never heard of Covid Toe before. I have no lesions on my feet."

The original version of this story appears below.

COVID-19 can leave patients a variety of lingering symptoms — even if one recovers and tests negative for the virus. American football star Aaron Rodgers, a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, appears to be an example. Although he has recovered from his infection, Rodgers told "The Pat McAfee Show" that he continues to suffer from a painful condition known as "COVID toe" in his pinky toe.

The Daily Beast, reporting on Rodgers, notes that dermatologists have told the Wall Street Journal that COVID toe "is common among younger people who battled the virus" and that it "is a sign of the body's enduring immune response…. It can be extremely painful, however, and leave lesions on toes and turn them purple."

The Beast notes that Esther Freeman of the COVID-19 Dermatology Registry has some advice for avoiding the condition.

"The best way to avoid COVID toes is to get vaccinated," Freeman said.

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