NBA and Stress Fractures: Can Ballin’ Lead to Foot Injuries?
If you’re an NBA fan, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of players have been experiencing stress fractures lately. Whether it’s been a lower leg stress fracture, like New Orleans Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, or the Net’s Brook Lopez, who sustained a foot fracture, it seems like the NBA is plagued with these types of injuries.
Stress fractures are characterized as small breaks in the bones, which are caused from repetitive stress put on the bone. This injury is typically caused by biomechanical abnormalities, like high or low arches of the feet, rotation of the hips anteriorly or posteriorly, or due to muscle weakness that cause added stress to be applied to the bones. Stress fractures are more commonly seen in the legs and feet.
Many people don’t realize they are suffering from a stress fracture until they begin to notice symptoms. By this time, the compression and inflammation has caused the stress fracture to become a full fracture.
If you are diagnosed with a stress fracture, treatment includes a cast if needed, and surgery may be performed to fixate the fracture. Because stress fractures are usually the result of biomechanics, there may be extensive rehabilitation to prevent future injuries.
Biomechanics of your feet, like the high or low arches, can also lead to other foot problems down the road if you don’t treat these conditions. Contacting a podiatrist to treat your stress fractures and asses the biomechanics of your feet can help eliminate the threat of re-injury and future foot problems that may arise.
The podiatrists at the Triad Foot Center are knowledgeable in treating foot-related conditions, like stress fractures and high or low arches. Call 336-375-6990 to schedule your appointment or visit our website www.triadfoot.com to request an appointment.
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