According to general manager Sam Presti, forward Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will not be playing for the rest of the season after sustaining a foot injury. Durant is expected to be out for 4-6 months as he will be undergoing bone graft surgery on his right foot. The surgery comes after a series of past surgeries to relieve soreness and repair a Jones fracture in the same foot. The forward has missed the Thunder’s first seventeen games of the season and has been limited to twenty seven games this season because of foot and ankle injuries. This season, Durant averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to help with the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary are:
- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.