History of Stress Fracture does not Stop Willie Cauley-Stein from Joining Sacramento Kings - Brooklyn Podiatrist - Joseph Stuto, DPM
Willie Cauley-Stein from the University of Kentucky got the nod from the Sacramento Kings ending up as the number 6 overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. Fellow University of Kentucky center Karl Anthony Towns however, got the top pick overall.
Considered by many as a talented big man, Willie Cauley-Stein averaged 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1 assist. He was considered a defensive specialist who possessed athleticism on both ends of the floor. His story of a stress fracture however, seemed to dampen some the teams searching for a big man.
Stress Fractures and Basketball Stars
There’s certainly no shortage of big men in this year’s NBA draft or in the teams current rosters, but keeping them healthy is a huge concern among teams. Remember how Yao Ming’s career had to be cut short because of chronic foot problems. With the pressure of constantly running up and down the court and jumping for shots or rebounds, basketball players are prime candidates for stress fractures. Combine this with a 7 foot frame and you’ve got the recipe of a possible foot injury.
Willie Cauley-Stein’s history of a stress fractured suffered earlier in his career seems to have fueled concerns about his long term health. But this was not certainly the case when the Sacramento Kings chose him as the number 6 pick in the draft.
You don’t have to be an athlete. People who practice an active lifestyle or indulge in sports activities are also at high risk for stress fracture. A podiatrist is a foot specialist who can diagnose if you are suffering from a foot injury. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from foot injuries.
Stress Fractures – Things To Look Out For
- Pain that is alleviated with resting the feet
- Swelling or tenderness in the feet
- Bluish skin discoloration
- Foot deformity
Pain and swelling are the earliest sign of a foot injury. Most stress fractures do not show any symptoms and could only be detected through advance imaging techniques such as MRI.