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Posts for tag: Kevin Durant

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

 

By Nrupa Shah
January 28, 2015
Category: Sports Injury

Every time your star player is sidelined it diminishes your team’s chances of moving forward. Fortunately for the Oklahoma City Thunder they have a deep bench and an even better starting five. One of those starters is 2014 MVP Kevin Durant. KD suffered a sprain to his big toe yesterday. A toe sprain, also known as ‘turf toe’ can actually be very debilitating to any athlete at any level.

Turf toe is caused by forced dorsiflexion of the big toe joint. Dorsiflexion is movement of the big toe in an upward fashion. When this happens to the toe, the tendons and the ligaments get strained which is where the majority of the pain comes from. Treatment options are fairly limited, however, so it needs to be instilled quickly. Treatments consist of the typical rest, ice, compression, and elevation or RICE. RICE is of utmost importance in these types on injuries. Additionally, anti-inflammatory medications (i.e., Motrin) can be used to help relieve some of the inflammation that may be associated with the injury. If all else fails, surgery is warranted. Surgery for turf toe is typically not needed but it depends on the severity of the injury at hand. If you have sustained this type of injury and don’t know whether or not you need surgery please do not hesitate to call your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care in Monroe and Edison, NJ.

Kevin Durant is one of the most versatile basketball players in the NBA so with him being out is detrimental to the team and to the entire NBA organization. Turf toe can be very detrimental but can also heal very quickly given the proper treatment. Again, please don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns.

 By Nrupa Shah

 

With the NBA regular season tip-off two weeks away, teams are currently playing their exhibition games. Although it is still preseason, head coaches still want their star players on the court. While they only play limited minutes it’s important that they’re on the court in order to mentor the rookies, get a feel for how the team is playing relative to practice, and because--probably the main reason--they don’t like sitting on the bench! But there is always that risk of injury (with any sport) and that’s something coaches and players have to take into consideration. With that said, reigning MVP Kevin Durant suffered a fracture on the outside of his foot on Saturday...during practice! Of course, any professional player can sustain an injury during any point-in-time during their career it’s just very unfortunate that it had to happen while practicing. An upside to him fracturing it now is that he will be back with ample time left in the season so it shouldn’t hinder the Thunder’s chance for a playoff berth.

 The injury Durant suffered is called a Jones fracture. A Jones fracture is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal (on the outside or lateral side of the foot) approximately 3/4-inches from the base. There is a debate as to whether or not fractures should be treated conservatively or surgically and it all depends on the severity of the fracture, the “type” of patient (i.e., professional athlete vs. regular patient), and the surgeon. In Durant’s case, he is a professional athlete who needs to be back on the court as soon as possible and the Thunder’s medical staff is leaning towards surgical intervention (because that’s what they feel will get him back on the court the quickest). However, there have been other professional athletes who have sustained fractures that were treated conservatively and the results were just as good. Surgical and conservative treatment options both have positives and negatives each of which will be measured properly by medical professionals.

 The fifth metatarsal is the most common fractured metatarsal and the fracture can occur at many different points within the bone. Your local podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison, NJ are highly trained surgical specialists who are able to diagnose and treat any type of fracture in the foot. So if you experience pain on the outside of your foot and there was some type of trauma associated with it, odds are it is a fracture, so please don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment. We wish Kevin Durant a speedy recovery and hope he returns without any complications!

 By Varun Gujral