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NBA big men have recently been touted as being “injury-prone” secondary to current and past players being injured so often. From Greg Oden to Bill Walton, forwards and centers just can’t seem to catch a break. And now, the number 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Joel Embiid is projected to miss his second straight season due to a stress fracture he suffered prior to draft day in his right foot. Embiid is scheduled to have surgery which will cause him to be sidelined for the 2015-16 season.

Usually, foot surgeries do not sideline players for an entire season. However, the Philadelphia 76’s want to make sure Embiid is 100% for the following season. Stress fractures can be caused my numerous things but most commonly they’re caused by overuse. It’s unknown what part of the foot Embiid injured, but the most common bones injured by stress fractures are the 2nd and 5th metatarsal bones. The metatarsal bones are the bones that attach to your toes and are essentially in the middle of your foot. Lots of force is transmitted through this area and that is the reason why stress fractures are commonly found here. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ see and treat many stress fractures. Depending on the severity of the fracture they can sometimes be treated conservatively with proper offloading and RICE. However, for displaced, intra-articular fractures surgery is definitely warranted and depending on the type of patient, the recovery period is at the discretion of the surgeon. In Embiid’s case it will be at the discretion of his contract AND surgeon.

Fractures of the foot are common and can be extremely difficult to heal mainly because it’s hard to keep the patient off their injured foot.  Typically patients are off their foot for 6-8 weeks because that’s how long it takes bone to fully heal. Embiid is unfortunate that this is the second time he is having surgery and that he will be out for a second consecutive season. The 76’s are in dire need of Joel’s presence seeing as how he was the Pac 12 defensive player of the year.

By Varun Gujral

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