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NBA News: Lakers Pick Julius Randle Denies Foot Surgery Rumors

Posted by on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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It’s an exciting time of year for National Basketball Association prospects. Julius Randle is a freshman power-forward drafted from Kentucky to the LA Lakers in the seventh overall pick. He averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and helped his team reach the national championships. Though they ultimately lost, Randle had much to be proud of: he finished the season with 24 double-digit games and was named one of the 10 semi-finalists for the Naismith College Player of the Year award. Like many new players transitioning to the big league, there was some speculation that a foot injury may put Randle’s first NBA season in jeopardy.

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With moves like this, it’s easy to see why the Lakers would want to pick up Julius Randle, injured or not.
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What Happened to Julius Randle?

Julius Randle reportedly fractured his right foot two years ago and missed three months of game play during his senior year of high school ball at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Texas. Surgeons placed a screw in the fifth metatarsal of his foot that sources told Yahoo! News “needs to be removed as a precautionary measure,” even though Randle hasn’t suffered any pain or missed any games. Allegedly, an unnamed executive said Randle’s foot “didn’t heal right,” and “multiple sources” told ESPN that “there are questions about whether [the screw and foot injury] could become a factor down the road.” If he were to have foot surgery, Randle would miss six to eight weeks, but be ready for fall warm-ups.

Will Julius Randle Need Foot Surgery?

Despite the wild rumor mill churning, Julius Randle — and his mother — have both denied the chatter. On June 12, Randle tweeted:

“I never do this but it was brought to me and it’s crazy how people put stories out there and have no clue what they are talking about.”

“No disrespect but check with the actual source next time before you put something like that out there @WojYahooNBA.”

The official word on the street is that he traveled to Indiana and has met with “the best foot doctor in the country” and he said he wouldn’t do anything with his foot. “There’s no scheduled surgery or anything. I feel healthy, athletic. I’m moving great — no problem recovering. I’m ready to go,” he told reporters.

His mother, Caroline Kyles, said the report was a “lie.” She told The Courier-Journal that “everything with Julius is fine” and “there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after.”

“Julius looked phenomenal. He looks 100% healthy to me,” confirmed player development coach Mark Madsen.

Randle surmises that a lot of the speculation comes from the teams who want him to fall to them in the draft.

Are You Pondering Whether or Not to Get Foot Surgery?

Our New York foot surgeons have more than 30 years of experience helping people examine their options and choose the best course of action, given their situation, lifestyle, and future athletic goals. For the most part, we find that screws do not need to be removed once they are implanted in the foot for stabilization. In rare instances, screws may become loose or infected, but with advances in foot surgery and treatment, we are seeing less and less of this. Recent studies show that there is no difference in function or pain level following the removal of screws, but the re-fracture rate is higher. The podiatrists from The Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine would be happy to sit down with you one-on-one to discuss your foot’s recovery.

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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.