What REALLY Happened to LeBron James Foot (I think)
- เผยแพร่เมื่อ 28 ก.พ. 2023
- LeBron james is expected to be out indefinitely for at least the next 2-3 weeks after suffering his foot injury vs the Mavericks. After some recent reporting, I think we have a much better sense of what really happened.
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It’s wild how a step that you’ve taken or move you’ve done years and years can suddenly become an injury.
That's how it happens, the wear and tear over years and not allowing adequate time for it to heal then it pops.
Father Time undefeated
@BezIsClutch more like playing 36 minutes a game at 38 does to u
It’s called age
It’s called fake propaganda. I will be back!!!! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
It's so wild how there were actual people online happy and celebrating this injury. It's absolutely sad and pathetic that there are people who enjoy strangers'downfall🤦🏾♂️
Stop being melodramatic. He's fine and still living a pampered life of luxury that you and I can only dream of.
@ToneCre8 being rich and famous does not make it okay to wish for people to get hurt what is wrong with you
@ToneCre8 pray for everyone
@Zenith dont wish harm on anyone but lebron is sorta like the boy who cried wolf. always acting like he got fouled so hard when he usually the biggest player on the court. cant believe him when supposedly he hit a wall n damaged his hand so bad apparently that he had to get a cast 3 games later after being swept. imo he tries to control the narrative too hard
@Zenith you do same shit
Had one way back in '18, nagging heel pain especially in the morning. Couldn't put pressure on my heel. Difficulty in walking, but heard no pop tho. Rest on that foot and rolling a rubber ball under my foot helps really help.
Hope Lebron sees this 🥺
also checking with a foot doctor can help as well, they do the electro therapy which is to help in healing of micro tears, also getting orthotics will help big time(though they can be expensive if you have no coverage)
@Chris Kelly lmao leinjury got the best physical therapist & doctors in the world. hell be aight 😂
Did you get placed in a boot? If you didn't hear the pop, then your plantar fascia didn't fully rupture. I had this injury in 2017 playing basketball and was in a boot for 6 weeks. Definitely felt the pop. Felt like someone threw a baseball at my foot. I looked around was like "WTF was that".
@Mike Tekle cap
Knowing LeBron He's probably playing full court games in an Olympic sized pool to stay in shape. I wouldn't be surprised if he comes back stronger and faster. The dude is a monster at keeping himself in peek condition
Or he will milk this and stay out until the playoffs where he will flop again. Could go either way!
@Idiots In Cars He didn’t even play bad in the playoffs in 2020-2021 season, more like underperformed compared to his usual form. Averaged 23.3 ppg on pretty good efficiency.
@Christian Ramirez he was injured
Great analysis. I thought it was something with his planter fascia as well. He's flat footed I believe as well so that might be a contributing factor. I'm also in massage school and so glad I stumbled across your channel. Thank you for this breakdown!
I enjoy all of your videos doctor. Thank you for all of the insights. I have had a similar injury playing basketball. I appreciate your perspective; looking forward to more videos!
I guess FatherTime really is inevitable even for Lebron, the ultimate iron man. I’m so used to Lebron rarely missing games. It feels weird seeing him out for an extended amount of time. A sad reminder Lebron is on the tail end of his career. As a huge Bron fan I don’t even wanna imagine the Nba without Lebron, I’m not ready y’all 😭.
Thanks for the video. I had a full rupture of my Plantar Fascia in 2017. Was in a boot for 6 weeks. Obviously my situation is different from Lebron's but if its a full tear, I don't think its going to be only a few weeks. He'll be running and exploding off a "flat tire" if he comes back too soon.
Makes perfect sense! Mannn 2-4 weeks is tough but looks like he’s been playing thru pain and just got to the point of non tolerable. 👍
Or he's old.
@Arkangel Arkangel or he had a plantar fascia injury
LeBron will come back just in time for the Lakers to miss the playoffs.
@M maybe he’s old and had a plantar fascia injury.
@Da King we all know he is old in basketball age....but his he bad when healthy thats the question....
What would it be when you feel like you're stepping on a rock in the middle of your foot? I have flat feet and can't wear flip flops, slides, or any flat shoes because of how terribly it hurts.
I have flat feet too so does curry and lebron. Luckily in stretch everyday of my life , haven't had any issues in over a decade.
Most of my foot pain was gone forever when i began to maken stretching an everyday routine.
Go to your doctor pal.
I used to have negative arch. Like the arch was negative, not only flat but bulged on the sides. Never had foot problems ever. Barefoot or rubber slippers most my life growing up. Then I found yoga in my 30s. After 6 months, inexplicably I had an arch in my feet. And still do. Probably due to better posture and stretching.
@Andres Romance Do you have any specific stretches you'd recommend?
If a person had infinite pain tolerance, could they play immediately? In other words, is there a long-term-health reason to take this time off? I say this with extreme respect for LeBron's toughness. Just curious.
That’s a good question, sometimes playing through chronic pain or discomfort can have little to no negative structural impact on the body. I think in this case it’s important to rest because those microtears in the fascia can weaken the structure over time and risk a more serious injury. I’m not a doctor but work in the field of physical therapy so that’s my take on it.
I also was thinking that after i saw the walking boot and then the word pop also was a possible clue about having a problem with underside of his foot. Usually pops refer to either achilles or plantar fascia in my experience so far. I love your channel , its fun to talk about all this and you provide great information. Thanks.. i am a chiropractor.
I had Achilles tendinopathy this year and it was no joke. Boot made walking easier but boy was it painful and my gait is different after I healed. That’s what I get for not stretching.
@Stormin Normin well everytime i forgot( not forget but ignore for that one time) to stretch for sport and warm up i get screwed everytime. I always injure myself one form or another.
LeBron really has Durability 99 like 2K. I won’t be surprised if he came back jumping even more higher over the rim, giving him rest is like giving him a senzu bean
I hope you get better soon, LeBron!!!
Can you do a Vid on why Anthony Davis is always injured.
Rofl 🤣 right
it would be too long to watch
@Mark Mansel He would have to make a series. 🤣😂
He's made of glass, that's all that needs to be said.
I called this when he said he heard a pop. My PF pain started back in November, kept hooping on it but was nagging and irritating but bearable. January 4th, I heard my "pop". I actually started back playing 2 weeks later but definitely wasn't confident on it. This is the first week I've felt I could move like I was prior to the injury but I didn't have around the clock treatment and top tier recovery equipment. Popping (Tearing) your PF is actually better then just having Plantar Fasciitis.
He pop I thought Achilles
It's like the foot couldn't take the stress anymore and snapped on James. James has been pushing his legs beyond the limits, so it's not really surprising that with old age, his body is starting to break down.
I think it’s also because of the cut of his signature shoes as well. The way LeBron’s shoes are made, they are so tight. They are literally squeezing your foot. It can be uncomfortable especially when your playing. Definitely should in consideration.
So what are your thoughts on MOI possibly being long term lack of arch support, not just in playing sneakers but in everyday shoes? I see so many shin, arch and foot issues from poor quality footwear as an athletic trainer in an urban secondary school setting. Is this just a high profile case? I'd be interested in your opinion in this, Dr. Sutterer.
It’s not arch support that’s the issue it’s the collapsing of the toes in athletic shoes
I have the same problem, never really got a proper diagnosis, but since school I had feet pains and still do as an adult. It's so bad I can't walk 200m without some pain. After a 700m it goes numb and I need rest or my legs start burning. It seems like a combination of my walking technique, shoes, and feet (coalition-bone joint when they should be separated)
@Joe Schmoe please elaborate on what you mean by "collapsing of the toes."
@John Juniet I think he's referring to the way most footwear funnels the toes into a point which restricts movement in the arch. It's a little counter intuitive, but arch support can actually weaken the arch by not allowing it to handle enough load. Alongside our brains and pelvis, our feet have evolved the most since our common ape ancestor days, so you have to ask yourself if the arch support first designed in the 1970's is the solution or perhaps the cause of our modern foot issue epidemic. There's a video called "Manufacturing a Better Foot" by a channel called Knowing Better that looks at this issue in detail.
As someone with flat feet all my life who happened to wear cushioned running shoes all the time, I switched to barefoot/minimalist shoes during the pandemic and since then my previously flat feet are now sporting some pretty well developed arches (with the help of yoga).
@Ethan just about all modern footwear has zero arch support, leaving the foot essentially unsupported in the show, no matter how cushioned, as cushioning flattens out when pressed, again, leaving zero support. So the theory that cushioned insoles weaken feet is invalid. The "collapsing of the toes in athletic shoes" as mentioned by @Joe Schmoe above is nothing more than a weak and/or unsupported metatarsal arch. But my question was posed to Dr. Sutterer from one medical professional to another.
I ruptured my plantar fascia playing basketball this last fall. I know he has better healthcare than me, but being able to play NBA ball after a month if he has a rupture seems crazy to me. I was back in 9-10 weeks and it took another couple weeks before I really felt comfortable going all out.
Trainers also administer cortisone and numbing shots (happens all the time for ankle injuries) so players can play on it to finish games and then they'll get treatment afterwards.
Physical therapy methods are changing where they are encouraging more self movement and less bracing/instability.
I think the most dangerous thing sports doctors have to deal with is front office pressure to clear players sooner than they should and players pressuring doctors to give them numbing shots, etc to play and get back onto the floor. Players also have that ego and self pressure to not look weak. Plus, the longer a player is out, the more time they eat up on their contract so long term, they may get a reputation of being injury prone or not get that extension because they missed half the season. It's pretty much what happened to Jeremy Lin, a string of injuries and probably that personal pressure to always get back to the floor so he can chase the next contract and now he's out of the league (won a chip though)
So, good sports doctors on good teams (like the suns which has been renowned to extend a players career for YEARS or the warriors) I believe don't get that same pressure from front office.
That all said, I get winning and needing key players to come back asap, especially when it comes to their guaranteed contracts but it's a really really delicate balance. And it's tough when you may have a player like lebron telling a doctor to clear him because he can play. Lebron does know his body than most, but in reality is this going to hurt him long term, who knows
Whatever fascia or ligament it is, your body is trying to tell you to slow down, ignoring it will usually lead to a more serious injury. Since his future goal is to play a nba game with or against his son, it might be better to really slow it down.
I had plantar fasciitis & its a manageable injury but if Bron wants to prolong his career & play with his son he needs to reduce some weight to take load off his foot but that of course sacrificing a bit of parts of your game. Since reducing weight of course will lessen his productivity to over power his opponents on drives on the paint. Also im curious to see what Lebron XX shoes to your feet as i have one & its not comfortable for my sole.
Yeah, that is a problem. I remember Coach K saying to Lebron he lost weight and Lebron agreed and that was pre recorded maybe a month ago. LBJ already dropped from 250-260 Miami Bron to 230-235 LA Bron so losing another 10 pounds is probably the most he can do otherwise he won't be taking enough calories to support a 6,8-6'9 guy like himself
Is there any research whether any of the taping players go through can cause injuries from ligaments and muscles not able to release properly from step to step?
Nice video, and makes since Dr. I had plantar back years ago had to get intersolse for my shoes, plus a lot of anti-inflammatorys which really helps! Also they recommend rolling a rubber ball under the foot 👍🏾🦶🏽
Hey Dr. Sudderer, could it be a peroneal tendon injury as well? Just wondering, suffering from that right now so I’m just curious.
As always, thanks for your great insight, Doc. Your content is amazing.
I suspected it was a Plantar Fascia rupture from the start when he said he heard a pop. I had the exact same thing happen to me playing tennis last year. I heard a pop and went down. I thought it was my shoe at first. I was able to limp off, but there was definite pain. Doesn't surprise me that he was able to finish the game. Probably had more pain than he let on. I ended up wearing a boot just like the one LeBron was spotted in. I wore the boot for about a month, but was pretty laid out for 3 months plus. There's no surgery for this injury. Just keeping off of it and healing it. I'm close to a year later and it still doesn't feel 100% right. I can run around again and play tennis lightly, but I definitely still favor it. Obviously I'm not comparing my recovery to a super athlete like LeBron. He could probably be back by the end of the season if he really pushed for it. Probably depending on their standings. If they're out of playoff contention, he'll probably shut it down.
Thats what im guessing , if they make the playoffs he will definitely try to be ready....but if not .🤷🏽♂️
I had the same injury in 2017 playing basketball. Boot for 6 weeks. I ruptured my achilles 5 years later on the same foot and suspect that the underlying Plantar Fascia injury contributed to the achilles rupture.
Obviously our situations are different from Lebron's but if he has a full rupture, I don't think he will be back in a few weeks, unless he doesn't care about he next few years of his career.
As a Laker fan this is a very good news. Thanks for covering this doc
It sounds like he had a lisfranc fracture. I had one in 2013 - I felt a pop and that was the ligament detaching from the bone in the foot. It required four surgeries in total - insert screws, remove screws, clean up scar tissue and lengthen tendon. It took roughly two years to recover most of the function and strength I lost in the foot and leg.
He’s been playing to many minutes for his age you need to preserve Bron for playoffs but when he’s out they couldn’t win early before the trade, kinda sucks cause now they can win without him and really sucks because Bron finally got a team a good one since 2020 what a complete shame Bron doesn’t have much time left maybe 2-3 years
Can’t preserve Lebron for playoffs if they can’t even make it into the playoffs lol.
Doc, I hope you're right! Let's hope they can hold it down till he returns.
AD is out as well as D'Angelo. Its unfortunately not looking good
I hope they lose every game.
They came through! Let's go!
It was actually the tendon… so at least 3 weeks out, and quite damaging for the rest of the season.
I’ve had this before, feels like your foot is broken. Playing football I took a cut and instantly fell down, then I couldn’t put any pressure I thought my foot was broken. Fuckin was rough and I’ve snapped my collarbone in half so I know pain decent.
I tore my plantar fascia, few years ago, not a full rupture, just a mild tear while on the Bball court and lemme say this , out of all the injuries I’ve sustained , it was , if not the WORSE injury to heal from.. I did everything Dr S. Was saying , boot for a month, slowly rehab it into normal activities and it took over a year for me to be 100% pain free on the court.. I’m not a 6’8” 260lb freight train , so as a diehard Laker fan I’m concerned right now and praying to the Purple and Gold gods that this doesn’t turn into a nightmare… If this were AD , we wouldn’t see him till middle of next season, so there is hope lol
Doc you should see the block on Kyrie, he planted heavily with that foot too
Every time I watch a video on here I feel worse and worse about our bodies. It's like they're built to be weak and just fail us constantly. I got lucky never suffering anything more than a partially torn PCL when I played sports growing up, but pretty much everyone I know had multiple serious injuries
Tim Duncan battled it for years and limited him toward middle and end of career. Old school Mark Price retired because of Plantar fasciitis. Tough to battle through for an 82 game season. Time will tell.
It's amazing how long LeBron has played without any major injury.
Miami & victor conte come to mind. He’s kept the beard since then.
Just built different
superior genes, continuous workout, taking care of his body all the time
He wanted to send a message to kyrie
Would love to get a Lonzo update from you, not sure how much info has came out yet but is an interesting situation
He made a video about Lonzo 6 days ago…
lonzo? wait next year, there you go
Hard to make an assumption when he dont play atleast
@BigFacts BigStacks oh nice, they usually all pop onto my feed but must of missed it
I was wining for part two of your assessment , because part one you actually down played Lebron hearing a pop.The issue is when it come to Lebron there no real transparency with his injuries
ngl this is one of the best channels on youtube. proves that clarity, speed, consistency, and niche = youtube gold
thank God he's going to be okay.
Now that we know its a tendon injury could you do an update...
He will be goochie. Stem cell and site specific peptide injections plus full body stem cell infusions will have him healing like wolverine. If he has some pain but the MRI after treatment doesn’t show anything structurally remarkable he can do a bit of pain management while he ramps his minutes and still be ok (if things go perfectly).
Does it mean this will not completely heal over the post season?
He was walking on it afterward, so I don’t think it’s too bad. I’m sure he’ll be back in a year.
its tough, i rolled my ankle once playing pick up basketball it sprained it and actually broke the fifth metatarsal off the side of my foot but because of adrenaline i played for another 2 hours and even casually went out for dinner after lol it was untill the next morning when i went oohhh shit i need to go to the doctur lol
"I don't think it's too bad" and proceeds to say he will miss 8 months and the entire 2023 season
@Khaos lol 😂
It’s his footwear I think. Nike making very pointy toe box atm - to help sales at the cost of the athlete’s foot health. Narrow toe box pushes the big toe towards second toe, lengthening the plantar fascia and making it more vulnerable to tears.
Dr. Brian As of today we know It was popped foot tendon do a video on the ramifications on that diagnostic and long term effects.
So are those ligaments on the bottom of the foot what causes server cramps where it flexes your toes and basically locks your foot with a lot of pain?
Crazy that happened to me this morning.
Thanks a million was trying to get some clarity on this from the injury happened
I’ve played with plantar fasciitis and you don’t really feel it when your running it’s when you stop or standing still that’s when you feel it the most.
I think they plan to drop the season. Lebron and AD. But in such a way that they can't be blamed. Usually this is a negotiation stance Lebron takes with management. He has done similar things with Cleveland and others before...and AD defers to Lebron. Now do you understand why AD was upset the night Lebron broke Kareem's record? Because that's when Lebron probably told AD - ok the record is done and now we drop this season!
I had a tear and couldn't walk on the foot didn't lebron play the rest of the game and the pain is untolerable better to heal fully or you could re-injure very easily with the wrong pressure applied on the foot
It’s crazy how all of lebrons injuries throughout his career were never serious to we’re they new he would b out for along time
Can u do one on dlo? It was reported as a minor injury and wont be playing again tomorrow
your sprain was right he fractured it playing on it longer cuz he dropped 12 points after that.
Bo Jackson's career ending injury looked mild. Best wishes Lebron.
Career ending injuries is part of sticking around too long in the NBA
Man wanted to break the Kareem record for his personal satisfaction versus sitting out and recovering
Ive had this before. It went away pretty quick. Didnt take long at all
That’s crack everything you said was 100% correct, you really know your stuff
Latest development mentions it is a tendon injury. Would this injury to the plantar fascia still apply?
He must've forgotten to take his glucosamine and centrum silver.
You're probably older than him. But I highly doubt he's not taking everything possible to maintain his body, he spends millions on it.
@Shawn John It’s a joke bro chill
Ali Lamar Probably all a waste of money if your diet is on point.
Ali Lamar what are you taking citrulline and glycerol for???
Sad to see other people laughing at lebron james being injured 😓
I hope he comeback soon
If you rupture a tendon or ligament and surgery isn't required, how do the ends find each other and heal?
Thank you for the Vid.
Lakers really need dubs now. Do you think he could be back in 2 weeks if the Lakers are in position to make the post-season?
Hope my handsome glorious king makes a gorgeous and quick recovery 🙏🙏
I tore mine playing ball back in the day... Total rupture.. kept playing.. but oh boy... after i got home.. the worst pain in my entire life for the next 2-3 weeks.. but now I have no foot pain. haha.. so while it sucked.. Kinda glad it happened. I was just pushing off chasing a rebound.. POP!
Doctor Sutter review Gavin Lux major knee accident. He's out for the season. Thank you!
I don't understand why with Lebron we never know what the injury is.
For example KD was out with an MCL sprain, which is a precise injury with a known average time for recovery.
Steph is out with a partial tear in his superior tibiofibular ligament, a very precise injury that requires a definite amount of time to recover.
Why is it, that with Lebron nobody knows what the injury is? In 2019 when he missed the playoffs it was a "groin injury". Then last year it was "lower leg". That doesn't mean anything, these are no anatomically defined injuries! It gives basically zero information and leaves people speculating what the actual injury is.
It’s sad people more worried more about the playoffs in the comments than his health.
You acting like his life in jeopardy lol
@Stephen B. Smith big dummy his injury is more serious than they making it seem. I know someone who has that same injury, and if he comes back to early he could be out for months or mess up his foot for good.
dude hes already cheating father time. dont expect him to heal like a 20 year old
@MDF exactly I’m pretty sure if he tries to comeback early and he’s not a 100% his wife gone tell him he need to rest. He’s put a lot of ware on his body to keep entertained.
hey Doc, can you get into tennis please and comment about Nadal or Alcaraz injuries?
Man was still a beast handle it like a king. Appreciate it while he can still rock the ring!
If it is this I don’t understand why the team wouldn’t just report it
This is the injury Larry Hughes got which kept him out of the 2007 finals and was why the cavs got swept
The most pain occurs after play, or the next morning after
Apparently in January his left foot was hurting! You can see the news from that time!
As a Laker fan I do truly wonder if he's even injured or time off for steroid refuel..
Does his foot structure or look(if you search how lebron's foot look like you will get me) is the reason why he is having a bad ankle?
Lakes should hire this doctor to give more understanding of foot injuries
I believe what really happened is quite simple, he's switched to those low top ankle breaking shoes
Plantar fasciitis is a very painful. Most people can't even walk on it let alone play a basketball game
He's a great actor for sure should see him at the emmys this year.
Do you have a video.. for what happen to Grant Hills' foot years ago?
I'm really glad it's not a LisFranc. Had one 2011, was originally diagnosed as a midfoot ankle sprain but actually was a LisFranc fracture with all the toes separating from the foot. Had the whole nine yards, screws, plate, bone graft & one year NWB physical therapy. Totally debilitating. And as soon as the one year passed & I starting walking broke the plate as titanium is not flexible. Only option they said was I could have it re-done....no thanks....important though to be accessed by a Foot Specialist & not a regular Orthopedist or Emergency Room physician
Glad Lebron can afford the best & that it's not LisFranc
Thanks Doc. So Lakers will be Play-in Tour champ at best?
And people question this man’s toughness calling him a cry baby 🤦🏾♂️
Tore my Plantar Fascia in July last year it has finally fully healed. No more tenderness or stiffness.
He really wanted to break the record in case they don't make the playoffs
I believe he strained his loadus managmentus. It's kind of like an extra ligament that develops when an athlete uses their chosen limb for what they believe to be an elongated length of time. Researching it deeper the last few ballers that had it were Ben Simmons, kawaii Leonard, and James harden.
Same injury with Pau Gasol
if y’all really think lebron came onto the court wearing a real cast on his foot think again. he’s obviously wearing the Aircast 1’s by MSCHF
He wanted to rest without fans calling him out.
It's always the freaking hop step man.
If you believe no organizations would allow injured players to continue playing, check out what trail blazer did to GP2
I think it was commotio cordis, that's definitely what it was.
He beat Kareems scoring total. So he's gonna wait till one of his kids make it.
He said he landed on the other players foot which he didnt.
I remember when Dragic tried playing on a torn plantar fascia and couldn't do it.
he took like 5 days off in the finals
lebron will take 3 weeks off
Nba finals. I remember