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NBA News: Kevin Durant Suffers Foot Fracture

Posted by on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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A Jones fracture can be deceiving. By definition, a Jones fracture is a crack in the fifth metatarsal bone at the base of the little toe. This may sound like a relatively insignificant foot fracture, but it can be intensely swollen and painful when it happens–and it still requires at least eight weeks of rest and recovery, since there is little blood flow to the region. That’s terrible news for Oklahoma City Thunder fans who will be missing superstar Kevin Durant for the start of the NBA season.

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OKC Thunder MVP Kevin Durant will undergo Jones fracture surgery. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Jones Fracture: a Common Basketball Foot Injury

Jones fractures commonly result from twisting foot motions and may happen swiftly or develop over time. While it’s not discussed a lot, sports medicine doctors at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine see this type of injury among basketball players (and dancers) quite a lot. It’s important to obtain an accurate diagnosis through an MRI right away, so continuing to play on the injury doesn’t cause permanent bone healing failure.

Most players have the fracture treated with surgery to decrease the likelihood that it will reoccur. In recent years, we’ve seen C.J. McCollum (Blazers), Brook Lopez (Nets), Julius Randle (Lakers), Nemanja Nedovic (Warriors), and Rasheed Wallace (Knicks) undergo surgical procedures to treat Jones fractures, according to the SB Nation

Kevin Durant Set to Undergo Foot Surgery

The most common Jones fracture surgery involves placing a stabilizing screw in the area. The prognosis is good for patients who opt for surgery, with about a 95% success rate. The other (non-surgical) treatment option has patients in a cast or boot to ride out the recovery, but the success rate is only 70% for that method, which is why it’s not surprising that Durant would be sent right to surgery. We expect few–if any–limitations on Durant’s performance when he returns in late November or early December. It’s not the sort of injury that prompts a cascading of other issues. In some cases, the fracture fails to heal, and a larger screw or bone graft is needed, but those circumstances are seldom.

Durant has been “very durable” during his NBA career, according to AXS. “He has missed just 16 games during his seven year career and has led the NBA in total minutes each of the past five seasons. Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 points and 5.5 assists to win his first ever MVP award last season,” they report. With big names like Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook to pick up the slack, OKC fans don’t have much to worry about while Durant rests his aching foot.

Jones Fracture Surgery in NYC

The state-of-the-art Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine has a team of APMA board-certified podiatrists and podiatric surgeons on staff who are trained to diagnose and address all different types of foot injuries, including Jones fractures. We work with local Manhattan and Westchester runners, dancers, basketball players, footballers, and soccer players–both amateur and professional. We are accepting new patients (without long wait times) via our online form.

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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.