The Heat's season has been plagued with injuries so far. As of the end of 2016, 13 Heat players have missed a combined total of 123 games this season because of injury or illness!
Now Josh McRoberts, power forward, has been added to the list. McRoberts' injury is a recurring problem that began with a broken left foot suffered in the playoffs last year. He then missed training camp and the Heat's first 7 games of the regular season because of a stress reaction from the old break. Now a stress fracture has resurfaced in the same injury site.
The forward has been unable to reach his full potential with the Heat because of recurring knee and foot injuries, and now won't be playing until January 17th at the earliest when the team returns from a 6-game road trip.
What is a Stress Fracture?
A stress fracture is the same as a break in a bone, but generally smaller. Any bone in the ankle or foot can be harmed by a stress fracture.
A stress fracture usually results from overuse as can commonly happen in athletes, especially those sports that require running or a lot of jumping like basketball.
An individual may also suffer a stress fracture just by increasing activity levels. Any change can prompt a stress fracture, even new job duties, footwear or walking more than usual on vacation. Osteoporosis, where the bones are soft or weak, may also cause stress fractures.
Treating Stress Fractures
If you have persistent pain in your foot or ankle, especially if you have recently begun or ramped up an exercise program, please call us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute.
We'll examine your foot and take x-rays right here in our office. If there is no evidence of a fracture, we may order further tests just to confirm.
The first and most important step in healing a stress fracture is stopping the activity that caused the fracture. Rest is essential and you may not get back to your normal activities for 6 to 8 weeks. We can discuss alternative exercises with you that have lower impact such as swimming and stationary biking.
Wearing a surgical boot with crutches can further rest the injured area.
If conservative measures don't promote healing, we'll discuss surgical options with you.
Preventing Stress Fractures
- Always wear the right footwear for each activity.
- Begin an exercise program slowly and gradually increase your distance, speed and duration.
- Warm up and do a gentle stretch before walking or running.
- Avoid sprinting.
- Cool down properly after each workout and stretch again.
Let Us Help with Any Type of Foot and Ankle Injury
Dr. John Schilero, DPM, board certified podiatrist has the right experience to diagnose and treat sports injuries of any kind as well as any other foot or ankle problem. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 to make an appointment at one of our four offices conveniently located in Palm Beach County. You can also request an appointment at the website. A stress fracture may not heal properly so be sure to take action to get you back in the game!