Prior to Monday's injury, Durant hadn't played since injuring his right calf on May 8 against the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals. He was initially ruled a game-time decision after going through Sunday's practice and Monday's shoot around, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game that Durant would play without any restrictions. Many people question this call as it may have been too soon for Durant to return to the court. At Cornerstone Foot & Ankle we strongly encourage fully healing an injury before returning to activity.
He got hurt on a dribble on the right wing, coming up lame on a crossover move and falling to the floor. He grabbed the back of his leg, appeared to grab below the calf and more toward the Achilles area, and needed help to limp to the bench area and more help to get back to the Warriors' locker room.
Durant left in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a game Golden State went on to win against the Toronto Raptors 106-105. The Warriors All-Star forward was seen leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.
"It's an Achilles injury," Myers said after the game while holding back tears. "I don't know the extent of it. He'll have an MRI tomorrow. Prior to coming back, he went through four weeks with a medical team, and it was thorough, and it was experts and multiple MRIs and multiple doctors, and we felt good about the process."
The Achilles Tendon is the tough band of tissue that connects your calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) to your heel bone (calcaneus). The Achilles Tendon is the largest and strongest muscle in the human body, it allows you to move your foot up and down. This means the primary function of the Achilles Tendon is to allow important functions like jumping, running, and cutting.
Most studies show that most Achilles tendon injuries happen due to long periods of inactivity. Most of us do not exercise or play sports on a regular basis and therefore, put the tendon through movements it has not done in a while, resulting in the term "weekend warrior." It is very important to stretch the Achilles tendon area before any physical activity. There are a few other things like taking certain antibiotics and steroids that predisposes the tendon to tearing.
So, did Kevin Durant come back too soon? YES! Even though he has been through workouts, game time stretches are not the same as full game speed.
Most often than not, most Achilles tendon injuries will respond to conservative therapy which depends on the specific injury. Most recently, MLS Laser Treatments are one of the most helpful treatment for quick relief and healing when conservative treatment fails. Surgical intervention to repair the tendon is the next step. Every injury is different and most depend on MRI and other imaging. Durant recently flew to New York to undergo an MRI on his injured Achilles. So, now we wait for the results to see what the next step will be for this former NBA MVP.
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