Reigning MVP Kevin Durant undergoes his second surgical procedure due to soreness and inflammation on his right foot. Durant exited the game Feb. 19 in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks and sat out Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets. 

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On Sunday, Feb. 22, Durant underwent surgery to alleviate increasing soreness stemming from a Jones fracture sustained back in October. Oklahoma Thunder GM Sam Presti told reporters that the first screw inserted into the foot is used almost universally and the head of the screw pushed against the cuboid bone. The procedure performed Sunday corrected the screw placement by inserting a non headed screw. 

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“It has gotten better,” Presti said. “That was one of the things that has been stressed to us today is that his fifth metatarsal has made significant progress since the initial procedure and through the process of returning to play. Without that type of improvement and healing that’s taken place, we would not be in a position to be able to transition to a different screw that will not irritate the cuboid bone.”

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Durant has, in total, missed 28 games this season: 

  • first 17 season games due to initial Jones fracture in October
  • 6 season games due to sprained right ankle in October
  • 4-5 season games due to sprained left big toe in recent weeks nets-thunder

What is a Jones Fracture? 

A Jones Fracture, like the one sustained by Kevin Durant, is a broken bone near the base of the fifth metatarsal. It occurs at the area of the bone with poor blood supply which causes the fracture to heal slowly. Fractures can either be a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that occurs over time) or an acute (sudden) break caused by overuse, repetitive stress, or trauma.The most common cause of a Jones Fracture is an inversion twisting injury of the foot, similar to your typical ankle sprain. It causes pain and swelling over the outer side of the foot. 

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An x-ray can diagnosis a Jones Fracture. The treatment can vary as to the extent of the injury and the degree of the physical activity the person who sustained to injury. Due to a high re-fracture rate, competitive athletes usually require surgery. Typically, immobilization requires a cast or walking boot in which is non-weight breaking that can heal the fracture. If there is a delay in healing, a bone stimulation can be used. 

There is no firm timeline on Durant’s arrival on to the court, however, Presti says he will be reevaluated in one week’s time and miss 5 games due to recovery. 

For further questions about Jones Fracture, please contact us, your Charlotte Foot & Ankle Specialists!