Things had been going phenomenally well for Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s star forward since returning Dec. 2 after fracturing his foot in October. He’s been unsettling opponents and putting up huge numbers making us think he was totally good to go and the Thunder were going to be fine.
He is an all-star in the true sense of the word. He’s been averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Even with his all-star teammate (and local UCLA star) Russell Westbrook posting monster numbers, it is hard to imagine the Thunder going far in the playoffs (if at all) without Durant. As it is they are currently just a game and a half from falling out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
It was very surprising that right before the All-Star break, Durant experienced pain in a game against Memphis. Desperately trying to make it to the end of the game. But in the end Mr. Durant had to face facts, he was hurt.
Durant just missed his 29th game of the season (out of the first 43 games played) In his first seven years as a pro he only missed a total of 16. For Durant, this injury is very unusual and concerning to Thunder fans.
The good news is, the fracture has continued to heal according to schedule. The bad news is that the head of a screw that was inserted into his foot during his original surgery is rubbing up against Durant’s cubid bone. This is causing soreness and some serious discomfort for the all-star.
Durant is having another screw inserted into his foot but this one will not have a head to it, so it should not irritate his foot.
Despite team officials insisting that the fracture is healing according to plan, and that Durant will return to the team this season. The question that comes into my mind (noting I am not his physician so I do not have access to all the facts) is why didn’t his doctors remove the screw in the first place if the bone was truly healed?
Typically, if a screw is loose we just remove it. It seems to me that there may be a good chance that the bone is not completely healed, which could mean even more down time for the superstar.
This is the ultimate question: did they insert another screw as a precaution (which is extremely rare) or is the injury worse than team officials are letting on.
I wish all the best for Kevin Durant. I look forward to seeing him back with healthy feet before the end of the season (though I hope he does not play well against our beleaguered Lakers).
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Dr. Baravarian been involved in athletics his entire life and played competitive tennis in high school and college. He has an interest in sports medicine, arthritis therapy and trauma/reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle. He servers as a consultant to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) tour, multiple running organizations and several shoe manufacturers. He is also fluent in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Farsi and Hebrew),
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