The Pistons Feel the Pain of a Jones Fracture

Jodie Meeks will be sidelined for at least 3 months as he recovers from a foot fractureEveryone knows that basketball players are at risk for foot injuries and it seems like this year, more than ever, that fact has been proven. It seems like every time I turn around, there’s another player suffering from a Jones fracture—a break in the fifth metatarsal bone of the foot—and this week is no exception.

The Detroit Pistons’ guard Jodie Meeks suffered that same injury during a game last week and had reparative surgery the next day.  The team announced that he will miss at least 3-4 months as he recovers from the problem.

As you may know by now, Jones fractures take a longer time to heal than many other foot fractures because less blood flows into the area than other parts of the body. Jones fractures are typically caused by stress; basketball players are so susceptible to this type of injury because of the constant pressure they put on their feet.

When dealing with an athletic injury like a Jones fracture, the odds of re-injury are, unfortunately, very high—just look at Kevin Durant, who had to have three procedures before his broken foot finally healed. With so much riding on their feet, it is crucial that athletes like Meeks and Durant get the correct treatment the very first time—every re-injury threatens their athletic future.

If you are an athlete dealing with any type of foot fracture, it is crucial to carefully select your foot surgeon before undergoing any type of procedure. Dr. Andrew Schneider is always happy to provide a second opinion, so schedule your appointment today before making any final decisions.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.