Brook Lopez Losing Weight to Save his Feet

290-lb Brook Lopez will slim down to reduce pressure on his feetLast season, Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez suffered both a sprained ankle and fractured foot; because of his two injuries, he had season-ending foot surgery.

Hoping to keep their young star healthy as he returns to play this season, the Nets coaching staff is trying to figure out what exactly went wrong last year, and one of the answers they’ve come up with is his weight.

Now, by no means is Brook Lopez hefty, but the 7-footer had apparently bulked up to 290 pounds last season in an attempt to become a league heavy-hitter and keep up with NBA big men like Dwayne Wade.

Now, Nets GM Billy King has told the press that they’re planning to, “modify (his weight) and do some other things to take the pressure off his foot.”

As a Houston podiatrist, I think this approach is a smart plan. For every pound of weight you lose, you dramatically decrease the load borne by your hips, knees and feet; if Lopez’s feet are already weakened, dropping a few pounds, even if it means losing muscle, could take quite a bit of pressure off his at-risk appendages.

Like the team working to keep Brook Lopez in the game, before I perform foot surgery on any of my Tanglewood Foot Specialists patients, I look at their complete health picture. Together, we explore all the factors affecting your foot health to ensure your surgery has the best possible outcome.

Don’t leave your foot health to chance—if you’ve been told you need foot surgery, see Dr. Andrew Schneider for a comprehensive evaluation. We’ll offer you a complete plan for your optimal recovery. 

Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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by Chase April 16, 2014 at 09:50 AM
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