Custom Orthotics are Allowing West Virginia's Truck Bryant to Play in the Final Four
The fifth metatarsal is a common bone injured in basketball. A strong tendon, the peroneus brevis, attaches to the base of the bone. When the ankle twists, which happens often in basketball, the tendon can pull on its attachment to the fifth metatarsal and break the bone. This is a serious injury that requires immobilization and sometimes requires surgery to correct.
Mountaineers' trainer Randy Meador said how a specialist has constructed a custom orthotic device for Bryant. This orthotic is designed to redistribute pressure away from the injured bone to allow him to bear weight, but still allow the fracture to remain stable. This isn't a cure-all by any stretch, but we're talking about championship basketball, not a YMCA pick-up game...there's a lot at stake!
Ideally the fracture would be allowed to heal. Meador said that it's not a "big break" which likely means the fracture is not displaced. I wouldn't be surprised if Bryant ends up with surgery to repair the injury after WVA's season is officially over. If not, he will likely be in a boot to immobilize him for 6-8 weeks. Until then, Bryant and his team will do what they can to capitalize on the position they've worked so hard to get their team to. Good luck!