After experiencing soreness in the right foot he broke last October, basketball star Kevin Durant will reportedly remain out indefinitely for the rest of the season. Looking ahead, however, many are concerned that Durant’s injury may affect him for future seasons to come. Durant sustained a Jones fracture on his fifth metatarsal in his right foot, creating a limited amount of blood flow to the area.
This lack of blood flow will prevent the injury from healing as easily as other types of fractures, with other NBA players suffering similar injuries eventually needing reconstructive surgery on the foot. Sports injury expert and certified athletic trainer Jeff Scotts commented, “The re-occurrence rate and potential complications are relatively higher than other injuries.
Additionally the timeline necessary for a full recovery remains difficult to predict from person to person.”
Full recovery is much more difficult if one continues to play sports with a foot or ankle injury. If you would like assistance with an injury, see Dr. Alfred Sanginario of Active Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your injury and provide you with a quality treatment plan.
Playing Sports with Foot Injuries
Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:
- Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
- Stress Fractures
- Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
- Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
For more serious injuries it is recommended to consult with a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist as fractures and other serious conditions may require surgery.
If you have any questions, please contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
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