It’s no secret that ever since Kevin Durant suffered a Jones fracture in his foot, he’s been in trouble. Not only has his game been off, but he’s also sprained his ankle and his toe and found himself frequently sidelined with foot pain.
Now, it seems, the pain has caused another problem for Durant. He was so affected by discomfort, he decided to undergo surgery this week to replace one of the screws used back in October to repair his original fracture. Apparently, the head of the original screw was rubbing against another bone in his foot, causing all the pain. The replacement screw won’t have a head and therefore will hopefully not cause him the same kind of problem.
As a sports fan, I feel awful for Durant—his injuries have kept him out of all but 27 games this season. As a Houston podiatrist, however, I see this situation as a great illustrative tale.
Foot surgery is a big deal; when done incorrectly, it can cause you long-term complications, like pain or re-injury. Many improperly performed foot surgeries lead to revision surgeries down the road.
Before you trust your feet to a surgeon, make sure you do your research (and make sure surgery is your only option)! In my practice, I perform numerous foot surgeries, but only after I’ve ruled out other, less intrusive, treatment options.
If you’ve been told you need surgery for your foot, toe or ankle, do yourself a favor and get a second opinion. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider today for a comprehensive surgical evaluation.