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By Nrupa Shah
April 01, 2015
Category: Fractures

We have written a lot about Kevin Durant recently mainly because he is—or was—the most dominate basketball player in the NBA and a recent MVP. Interestingly enough, he also has one of the most common foot fractures among athletes or even the general population. Currently, it is said that he will be done for the regular season but, optimistically, he may come back for the post season—if the Thunder can make it that far. Now the reason he is said to be out indefinitely is not because he broke his foot again, it is because of increased soreness of his foot that he cannot tolerate. Some of you may think he is over-reacting but with his type of injury and at his level of athleticism, he is doing the best thing possible by sitting out. As I have stated in previous entries, any type of micro-motion with these injuries greatly decreases the chance of healing and markedly increases the chance of non-union and increased pain. As foot and ankle surgeons, those are the two things we try to control the most—healing and pain control.

 Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ know exactly what it takes to increase healing potential and decrease pain. If, however, you sustain this type of injury and are diagnosed with a non-union there are many different modalities that can be used to help increase healing. One of the most common treatments is the application of a bone stimulator. Bone stimulators help by increasing the electrical field (almost like an electrical stimulator for soft tissue injuries) around the fractured site which in turn increases the healing factors around the bone itself. Another treatment commonly used is the addition of supplements like vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D and calcium are very important in the production and restoration of bone. Lastly, medications called bisphosphonates have also been known to help increase healing time by decreasing the activity of cells that resorb or breakdown bone.

Kevin Durant is one of the most versatile players to date and the game I not the same without him. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the court, healthy and healed, soon!

 By Nrupa Shah

 

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