Anthony Davis, an injury-prone player who is in his third year of a five-year $190 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, has recently suffered from a stress injury to his foot. He has been out of the Lakers’ lineup since December 16, but has been undergoing rehabilitation and has recently ramped up his court activity. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is optimism for his return against the Boston Celtics on January 28.
A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone or severe bruising caused by overuse and repetitive activity, commonly seen in athletes such as basketball and soccer players. This can occur when changing activities or intensities, or if the bones are weakened by diseases like osteoporosis. The main symptom is gradual and worsening pain during weight-bearing activities, along with pain relief during rest, swelling, tenderness, and bruising.
The goal of treatment for stress fractures is to relieve pain and allow the bone to heal, so the individual can return to their activities. Most stress fractures are treated non-surgically, with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) protocol and anti-inflammatory medication being the mainstay treatments. A boot or crutches may be prescribed to keep weight off the foot, and it typically takes 6 to 8 weeks for a stress fracture to heal. Lower weight-bearing activities are recommended during this time, and wearing protective footwear, such as a stiff-soled shoe, can reduce stress on the foot and leg. In some cases, casting may be necessary for more rigid stabilization.
Preventing stress fractures involves maintaining a healthy diet rich in Vitamin D, using proper equipment, and wearing sneakers that support the arch. If you are concerned about a possible stress fracture, visit Cella Foot and Ankle Specialty to see their great doctor.