The reigning MVP will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with right foot fracture.
On Sunday morning, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that superstar forward Kevin Durant suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot. Durant’s injury will require surgery, and the reigning NBA MVP is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks. The following statement was released by Thunder general manager Sam Presti.
After practice yesterday, Kevin made us aware of discomfort in his right foot. We proceeded to perform the necessary imagining studies to determine the cause of his discomfort. At this stage, Kevin has been diagnosed with a Jones fracture. Traditional treatment of this injury requires a surgical procedure and recent NBA cases have resulted in a return to play in 6-8 weeks. We are in the process of collaboratively evaluating the most appropriate next steps with Kevin, his representatives, and Thunder medical personnel. Until a course of action is determined, we are unable to provide a timeline specific to Kevin’s case.
If you are like us, you are most likely wondering what a Jones fracture is. We gathered some information from foothealthfacts.org.
Jones fractures occur in a small area of the fifth metatarsal that receives less blood and is therefore more prone to difficulties in healing. A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that occurs over time) or an acute (sudden) break. Jones fractures are caused by overuse, repetitive stress, or trauma. They are less common and more difficult to treat than avulsion fractures.
Kevin Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game last year for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant has only missed six games in his last five NBA seasons.