Daily Archives: March 15, 2012

Rapper Childish Gambino Suffers Foot Fracture

Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover won’t be taking the stage  tomorrow, or any of his 11 scheduled tour dates after that, reports Exclaim.com.

The actor-rapper has been forced to reschedule several shows after a foot fracture while performing in Florida over the weekend.

(picture by spinner.com)

His official website states: “This past Saturday I fractured my foot on stage in Tampa during a performance and was rushed to the emergency room. The doctors say that if I stay off of my foot for a couple weeks and wear this boot, there’s a good chance they can avoid surgery and start performing again soon.”

Gambino is not the first musician this year to suffer a foot injury, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ front man Anthony Keidis endured a right foot injury.

Gambino is not specific about what part of his foot that he fractured, it could actually be quite a few maladies.  Of the 26 bones in the foot, 19 are toe bones (phalanges) and metatarsal bones (the long bones in the midfoot).

Ankle fractures can range from the less serious injuries (small pieces of bone that have been pulled off) to severe shattering-type breaks of the tibia, fibula, or both.

Fractures of the toe and metatarsal bones require evaluation by an experienced foot and ankle surgeon who can  give the right diagnosis and treatment, even if initial treatment has been received in an emergency room.

Fractures  are common in the fifth metatarsal, which is the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects to the little toe. Two types of fractures that often occur in the fifth metatarsal are avulsion and Jones fractures.

In an avulsion fracture, a small piece of bone is pulled off the main portion of the bone by a tendon or ligament. This type of fracture is the result of an injury in which the ankle rolls. Avulsion fractures are often overlooked when they occur with an ankle sprain.

Jones fractures occur in a small area of the fifth metatarsal that receives less blood and is more prone to problems 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.

Ankle fractures are common injuries that are most often caused by the ankle rolling inward or outward. Many people mistake an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain, but they are quite different and therefore require an accurate and early diagnosis. They sometimes occur simultaneously.

All types of foot and ankle fractures  should be seen by a foot and ankle doctor who can treat the injury.

Remember, any type of foot 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.