I’m a Houston sports fan through and through, but I’m also a podiatrist and a realist, so I know when my team’s chances aren’t looking so hot. And right now I’m pretty worried about our Rockets.
True, we’re currently one of the best teams in the Western conference (and second in the Southwest division!!!!) but a lot of our guys are playing (or not playing because they are) hurt.
Point guard Patrick Beverly has a sprained right foot, but has continued to play through the injury, to date not missing even one game to allow his foot to rest. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou has already missed eight games with an unspecified ankle injury, and the team has yet to set a timeline for his return. (Of course, super-star Dwight Howard is out too, but since his problem is a knee injury and that’s not really my thing, I’m not going to dwell on that one for too long.)
For the moment, Terrence Jones and James Harden are keeping the team going strong, but as they see increasing minutes, their feet and ankles may succumb to the pressure of the short stops and intense jumps that so often lead to the kinds of injuries their team mates are dealing with.
As a basketball fan, I say “Go Rockets!” As a Houston podiatrist, I urge caution to my athlete-patients: training too hard or playing through an injury can weaken your muscles and put a strain on delicate bones in the feet. Train in moderation; rest when you’re hurting, and, at the first sign of injury, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider.