Kevin Ware’s Broken Leg and Open Fractures

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Kevin Ware's Broken LegYesterday is a day we basketball fans will never forget…March madness turned into March mayhem when University of Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware suffered a surreal injury to his right leg during Sunday’s NCAA Midwest Regional final.

Ware, a 6-foot-2 sophomore guard, was contesting an outside shot right in front of his team’s bench when he landed awkwardly on his leg, bending it almost at a right angle. Some teammates fell to the floor after watching their teammate’s leg snap in half.

Evidently, Ware’s leg broke in two places and the bone was visible. This is a very serious injury.

What happened to Kevin Ware’s Leg?

Kevin experienced a compound fracture or an open fracture. This simply means a broken bone has pierced through the skin.  Along with this type of injury comes a great a risk of infection. According to news reports, Ware’s right tibia was protruding some 6 inches through his skin. 

Believe it or not, it only takes about 75 pounds of pressure at the right angle and the right circumstances to break any bone. Unfortunately, Kevin hit that at the right angle and the right circumstance.

We don’t see a ton of open fractures at our center, but we have treated them and still do if necessary. In fact, any foot and ankle trauma, from a broken ankle to a torn toenail, we treat, and we’ll do our best to get you in right away and work to get you the very best outcome possible.

Update on Ware’s Leg Injury

According to most recent reports today, it appears Ware’s surgery was successful last night. The bone was reset, and a rod was inserted into his right leg during the operation. The wound caused by the bone piercing through his skin in his lower leg was closed as well. 

Ware definitely has a long road of recovery ahead, but the injury is not likely a career-ending one. We certainly hope so and wish him all the best!

If you would like to learn more about open fractures or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in their Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.

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