By: Danny Cunningham
Earlier this week, news broke that Kevin Durant would be out indefinitely due to his lingering foot issues stemming from a Jones fracture in his foot.
Let me preface this by saying two things.
1. I am NOT a doctor, nor do I know Kevin Durant’s specific situation.
2. I have dealt with the same injury Durant is dealing with, twice.
This preseason when I heard the news that Kevin Durant had broken his foot, I immediately felt terrible. Upon hearing that he would only miss 6-8 weeks, I knew that was too good to be true, and that there was a great possibility to miss more than that amount of time.
I would never wish anything like this upon anyone, especially a great athlete such as Kevin Durant, but I had a nasty feeling that this was going to happen. Rushing Kevin Durant back onto the court was not the right move, and that is showing right now.
Let me explain a Jones fracture in layman’s terms.
A Jones fracture is when the bone on the very far outside of the foot breaks. Often times this is caused due to a stress fracture, simply because of the way the the foot is set up. When the fracture occurs it is typically treated one of two ways.
The first way is what Kevin Durant and many other athletes (including myself) opt for.
When the surgery is performed, a screw (mine is roughly 2.5 inches) is inserted into the bone in order to stabilize it and help it heal. Post surgery, patients are usually on crutches for 4-6 weeks and a walking boot for a couple weeks more after that. Time for a complete recovery takes a little longer than just the 6-8 weeks that KD was originally slated for.
The second option of treatment is to forego surgery, and spend 8-12 weeks in a boot, while being non-weight bearing. This option of treatment is typically chosen by non-athletes, or those who simply do not want surgery.
After the surgery, there can often be set backs that occur, similar to what KD has dealt with.
Personally, I dealt with a staph infection inside of my incision, and I am unsure of what Durant’s setback officially was.
Now I am aware it is unlikely that this is seen by Kevin Durant, but if it were, I would have some advice.
There is no sense in rushing back. None at all.
Take it from someone who did rush back and then broke the same bone again. Things are even less pleasant the second time, and the next surgery is more invasive and severe. Especially with KD already dealing with ankle issues now, a second surgery would weaken his ankle more.
Before getting back on the court, get totally healthy. The basketball world does not want to watch an unhealthy KD on the court, and more importantly, the basketball world does not want to see KD go through this entire dilemma all over again.
Again, I am not a Dr. and this is just my opinion speaking from experience, so take it for what it is worth.
– Danny Cunningham