The new season of The Biggest Loser has begun and has an additional focus of highlighting the problem of childhood obesity. Along with the adult contestants are three teenagers who want to change their health and their lives. They're not getting the heavy hand that the other contestants get...the trainers are civil to them, they do not get on the scale, and they cannot be eliminated. It appears that they are handling this important issue well.
One of the teenagers, Noah "Biingo" Gray is 13 years old and has a winning personality. In the second episode, however, he showed up wearing a surgical shoe and using crutches. He said that he broke his foot while playing basketball.
Basketball is a common cause of foot fractures. When you come down from a jump, your ankle is at risk for twisting. Many write this off as a sprained ankle, which should be addressed early anyway. In many cases, however, a twisted ankle results in a bone breaking in the side of the foot.
There is a strong tendon that attaches to the base of the fifth metatarsal bone. When the ankle twists, the tendon pulls on the bone and can cause it to break. The most common of this type of fracture is called a Jones fracture. This is an unstable fracture that often requires foot surgery to allow it to heal completely. Surgery can be avoided, however, if it is caught and treated early.
Sometimes just the end of the bone is pulled away by the tendon. This is called an avulsion fracture. While surgery is sometimes needed for this injury, it does respond well to immobillization. Early treatment is vital!
If you twisted your ankle while playing basketball, tennis, or any other sport, don't make any assumptions! Contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment and comprehensive evaluation. Getting treatment quickly, like Biingo did for his basketball injury, will make sure you heal well and get back to playing ball as soon as possible.