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By contactus
August 12, 2011
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Yao Ming, the NBA’s tallest player coming in at a staggering 7-feet and 6-inches, has announced his retirement.  Being only 30 years old, approximately 7 years younger than the average age of NBA retirement, the 2002 NBA draft 1stpick had a hard decision to make. So what happened?

From 2005 to 2009, Ming suffered from multiple stress fractures in the left foot, osteomyelitis (bone infection) of the left big toe, a broken bone and knee problems. An injury to his left ankle in December of the 2010/2011 season left him with yet another stress fracture. This series of foot and ankle injuries he has endured ultimately led to his decision to retire.

Injuries are not uncommon in professions such as the NBA and NFL, however it is important to understand the risks associated with an injury and its possible treatments.  Stress fractures, common in the lower leg, foot, and ankle, are products of repetitive stress to an area. The healing process of a stress fracture in the foot and ankle area may lead to other bones in the area taking up the slack, thus increasing risk of another injury. There are multiple options to consider in healing and preventing future stress fractures; make sure to contact your podiatrist in the case of a foot or ankle injury to find the best option available for you.

Remember to keep your feet healthy and happy, and they will keep you on the court and out of the recovery room!

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