Cleveland Cavaliers’ guard Daniel Gibson will probably miss the rest of the season due to a torn tendon in his ankle. This was not the news the Cavaliers were hoping for as injuries continue to tear the team up.
Initially, x-rays were negative and the Cavaliers listed Gibson as “day-to-day with a sprained ankle” after his right ankle ankle during the Cavaliers game against the New Jersey Nets on March 19th.
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When Gibson did not progress as expected, a MRI revealed the torn tendon in his right foot and ankle.
From the reports, we don’t know exactly what kind of torn tendon Daniel Gibson suffered. there are two types of tendon injuries.
The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon helps us to walk by helping to raise the heel off the ground.
An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear is what happens when the tendon is stretched too far. Forceful jumping or pivoting, or sudden accelerations of running (which basketball players do in every game), can overstretch the tendon and cause a tear. An injury to the tendon can also result from falling or tripping.
Besides basketball players, Achilles tendon ruptures are also seen in “weekend warriors,” who are often middle-aged people who participate in sports in their spare time. Less commonly, illness or medications, may weaken the tendon and contribute to ruptures.
Gibson could also have suffered an injury to the peroneal tendons, which is is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The two peroneal tendons in the foot run side-by-side behind the outer ankle bone. One peroneal tendon attaches to the outer part of the midfoot, while the other tendon runs under the foot and attaches near the inside of the arch. Peroneal tendons stabilize the foot and ankle and protect them from sprains.
Peroneal tendon injuries may happen suddenly or can develop over a period of time. They most commonly occur in individuals who participate in sports that involve repetitive ankle motion (including basketball players). In addition, people with higher arches are at risk for developing peroneal tendon injuries.
Remember, any type of foot or ankle pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.
Please call 626-447-2184 (Arcadia) or 310-551-1711 (Century City) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.