The Biggest Loser: “Bingo’s” Broken foot

Since its inception in 2004, The Biggest Loser has become well known for the least of its play on words.  The idea of becoming the biggest loser has spawned similar shows throughout the world. Even after 11 seasons over the past 8 years they are never at a loss for contestants.  With an ever increasing number of individuals with obesity nationwide, this season shoes the diversity of people obesity can plague


This season includes three teenagers.  These young adults, like the older contestants, are ready to change their lives and health.  While they don’t have trainers yelling at them, or participate in the scale elimination, they are no less serious about getting fit.  One of these young contestants, Noah “Bingo” Gray, is continuing his training in a walking boot or ‘CAM’ walker due to a foot injury. In the second episode a week or so ago, he showed up with it on, stating he broke his foot while playing basketball.  Basketball is common sport for foot and ankle injuries to occur because of the jumping and landing that occurs.


Sport injuries of any sport in young adults are fairly common.  Whether from slipping, twisting, or miss stepping foot and ankle injuries can plague almost any athlete.  These injuries can be more severe or more likely with obesity as a study this past summer verified. Too often foot or ankle fractures are ignored as you think it is a sprain that will resolve with a little rest. This happens too often with fractures of the foot and ankle. The key to quick and definitive resolution to a fracture is early diagnosis. 


One of the most common foot fractures to occur is at the base of the fifth metatarsal. If you press your hand only the outside of your foot, you will feel this bone just under the skin.  There are several tendons and ligaments that attach here contributing to and complicating fractures.  Fractures in this area sometimes require surgical intervention, but early diagnosed injuries often respond well to traditional immobilization.


If your injure your foot or ankle while playing basketball, tennis, running or any other sport, don’t assume it’s just a sprain.  Contact your Austin podiatrists’ at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists!  Seeking early treatment, like our young Biggest Loser contestant did, will allow you back on your feet, pain free sooner.


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

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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