Final Four: Kevin Ware’s Fracture

It was so bad that they replayed it only twice and refuse to show footage on the evening news.  The last game to set the Final Four® was between Duke and Louisville Sunday. With less than 7 minutes left in the first half Louisville player, Kevin Ware, jumped to block a 3 point shot.  On the landing his right leg buckled with multiple fractures to his lower leg.  The exposed bone was too much for the teammates who saw it as you can see on YouTube. Even through the horrible injury he repeatedly told his teammates he would be fine and to focus on winning the game.  According to reports Tuesday, he was discharged from the hospital with his leg casted after undergoing surgery to correct his injury.


When it comes to open fractures, or those that break though the skin, immediate hospitalization is critical. A break in the skin with exposed bone can be a prime path for infection to occur.  Additionally, fractures of large bones, like the tibia that Kevin Ware broke, can release fatty clots into the blood stream causing further life threatening problems. Multiple fractures, or those that result in many pieces, are best treated by fixating the bones together with surgical plates or pins. Kevin Ware had a large rod placed to hold the tibia together while it heals. By using this technique, the bone fragments are held in proper anatomical alignment, neutralizing movement in order to allow the bones to heal without complication.


Closed fractures of the foot and ankle can be treated at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Remember that just because you retain function or can continue to walk on it, doesn’t mean you have not sustained a fracture.  Make an appointment to be evaluated.  We have the latest technology in digital x-ray to allow us to quickly and accurately diagnose fractures.  Simple fractures can be treated with immobilization in a cast.  Those fractures that leave the bones a distance from one another or have tendons pulling on them often require surgical intervention.   Either way, seeking out your Austin podiatrist early can get you better quicker!


Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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