By Varun Gujral
April 22, 2015
Category: Fractures

For those of you who follow college basketball—or Big Ten basketball to be exact—the biggest news that surfaced today was that University of Michigan’s senior guard Caris LeVert will be returning for his senior season. LeVert suffered a fifth metatarsal fracture in May 2014 which underwent, what we all thought, successful surgery. However, this past January he suffered another fracture to the same part of his foot requiring him to miss the remainder of the season. Prior to his injury, LeVert was projected to be a first round draft pick in this year’s NBA draft. Sadly, his stock dramatically plummeted after his injury and he was recently projected to be picked early in the second round.

Fifth metatarsal fractures, as we’ve eluded to many times before, are extremely common—in fact, the most common—injuries amongst athletes. With that said, it is also common for athletes to re-injure themselves. This can be avoided, though, with proper technique and proper post-operative care. As far as the technique, the surgeon must make sure the fixation being used fits properly. Sometimes the screw is too small and may break once any kind of weight is put on it; especially weight and force of a collegiate athlete. Post-operatively, patients should not bear weight for at least 4 weeks and even when they do it should be in a CAM (Controlled Ankle Motion) walker. As always, if you have sustained any type of fracture please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ. These types of injuries are easily treatable but they need to be caught early.

 Caris LeVert is Michigan’s top scorer and best all-around player and he is someone they could have used this past season. What’s interesting about Levert’s return to Michigan is, he wants to pursue and finish his degree. That’s not something you hear from a top-tier athlete who could have potentially gone to the NBA. I would like to tip my hat to him and hope he has a pain-free off-season and a stellar season in 2016. Good luck, Mr. LeVert!

 By Varun Gujral