Michigan State basketball player Caris LeVert suffered a stress fracture in his foot. LaVert required surgery to have his injury repaired. As a result, LaVert will be off the court for about eight to ten weeks. Michigan State coach John Belein says that “He is doing well . . . We are confident he will participate in our late summer training and play in our August trip to Europe.”
LeVert is among consideration for NBA drafting even though he has chosen to return to school. LeVert is said to be attending the Kevin Durant Skills Academy later this summer.
Coping with Podiatric Stress Fractures
Stress Fractures occur on the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken as a result of overexertion or underuse. As a result, the ankles and feet lose support when walking or running from the ground. Since these bones are not protected, they receive the full impact of each step. The stress on the feet causes the bones to form cracks.
What are Stress Fractures?
Stress Fractures are very common among those who are highly active and involved in sports or activities that make excessive use of their legs and feet. Stress fractures are especially common among:
-athletes (gymnasts, tennis players, basketball players)
-those who engage in high-intensity workouts
Stress Fracture Symptoms
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures, and can be either constant or periodic. The pain is usually sharp or dull, accompanied by swelling and tenderness. Engagement in any kind of high impact activity will exacerbate the pain.
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