Tyler Honeycutt of the Sacramento Kings Out of Play Due to Stress Fracture
Tyler Honeycutt, a second year forward for the Sacramento Kings, has suffered a stress fracture in his right fibula and will likely have to sit out training camp and the preseason as well. This is Honeycutt’s second injury during the off-season. In June, he suffered from a stress fracture in his foot.
Unfortunately, stress fractures in sports are all too common and basketball is especially hard on the feet and ankles. In fact, basketball is one of the hardest games on the feet. This is because there is so much jumping, running, twisting, and turning involved. The constant varied movement puts many different parts of the foot at risk.
To decrease your risk of injury when playing basketball or any other sport, be sure to wear the proper shoes. The proper shoes for basketball players possess the following attributes:
- A snugly fit, firm heel counter.
- Shoes with laces. Laces as closure allow you to adjust the support you need for your foot.
- A wide toe box. You want plenty of room for your toes to move around. If your toes are crowded, you may suffer from blisters, corns, and calluses.
- Lightweight, breathable material, especially for the uppers. Leather is recommended.
- Abrasion-resistant soles that are dense and low to the ground. This gives better support and traction.
- A shock-absorbing, well-cushioned midsole.
- Bend in the forefoot of the shoe. You don’t want a lot of bend in the arch, however, because you need support there.
Whenever you are trying on shoes, take the socks you plan to wear with them to try them on. You will get the best fit that way. Also, make sure you are standing when your feet are measured and if one foot is larger than the other, fit your shoes to your larger foot. The most important thing is to make sure the shoes are comfortable for you, so walk around in them, jump, and twist. Basically, move as you would on the basketball court to see how it feels in the shoes.
If you have suffered a stress fracture or another sports injury and would like to set up an appointment us, you can call our office at 615-220-8788 or set up an appointment online.
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