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Bone Injury Forces Joel Embiid to Miss Second Straight NBA Season

The prospect of losing a player due to a foot injury looms heavy in the minds of NBA teams. This is true for prized 76er’s center Joel Embiid who is again to miss the entire NBA season due to a foot injury. The player was diagnosed with a Navicular bone injury, the same bone he broke last year, affecting the arch of the foot. This is the second time in as many NBA seasons that the player sill be forced to sit in the sidelines.

Foot injuries has forced many NBA players to cut their careers short. Houston’s Yao Ming for example was unable to continue with his NBA career due to chronic foot injuries. In fact, it is the same type of foot injury that ended Yao Ming’s relatively short NBA journey.

Foot injuries are not uncommon in NBA players or other athletes. Many of these athletes were able to fully recover from their injuries and resume their careers. Zydrunas Ilgauskas for example underwent three foot surgeries but was still able to play for ten more seasons. At 21, the team is also hoping that Joel Embiid would be able to fully recover from the foot injury and finally play in the NBA.

Navicular Bone Injury

The Navicular bone is located at the mid-foot near the foot arch. Like most of the bones and joints located in the feet it is responsible for supporting our weight and absorbing the impact of walking, running and jumping. The stress of our weight bearing down on our feet is magnified when we participate in high impact activities.

A stress fracture or complete fracture occurs when the Navicular bone is exposed to pressure beyond its structural capacity. Navicular stress fractures in particular are hard to detect and could only be diagnosed with X-rays, CT scans or MRI. Dr. Jeffrey Petty is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders and injuries.

Treating Navicular Bone Injury

Treatments for Navicular bone injury varies according to the severity of injury. Less severe conditions such as stress fractures may require splints or avoiding weight bearing and high impact activities until the bone is fully healed. For those with severe bone conditions, a cast is placed on the feet for a period of six months. If swelling or tenderness is noticed upon cast removal, another two weeks for healing is recommended.

The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers by clicking here or calling 972-597-4132 to reach our Waxahachie office, 903-872-9910 to reach our Corsicana office, 972-875-3668 to reach our Ennis office, or 254-523-4803 to reach our Mexia office.