'Injury time with Dr E' - 10/05/07

Jabulani Mendu has sadly joined the long list of players who have suffered a fractured base of the fifth metatarsal bone.

Mendu, who has enjoyed a relatively injury-free career for the past few years, twisted his left ankle at training last week, breaking his foot bone in the process.

Other players who have previously been sidelined by the injury include the likes of Skapie Malatsi, Benedict Vilakazi, Lerato Chabangu, Gary Neville, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard. More recently, of course, Wayne Rooney suffered the injury shortly before the 2006 World Cup.

This kind of fracture, commonly referred to as 'Jones' fracture', occurs as a result of inversion plantarflexion injury or, more commonly due to overuse.

Most medical experts have blamed, amongst other factors, the consistency (softness) of modern soccer boots for the unfortunate increase in incidence.

A soccer coach recently said: "Nowadays you can fold a pair of soccerboots in one hand and squeeze it in your pocket."
And the medical report is as follows:
1. Mohamed Ouseb:
2. Bjorn Gugger:
Diagnosis: Degenerative changes in left knee following lateral menisectomy 3-4 years ago.
Operation: Done on January 22.
Expected recovery date: Has started individual training exercises.
3. Tebogo Monyai:
Injured right leg on January 28.
Diagnosis: Fracture mid-tibia. Operation done on 30 Jan 2007.
Operations for the right knee and left groin were done on 16 April 2007.
Expected recovery date: August 2007.
4. Goodman Mazibuko:
Diagnosis: Left groin strain.
Treatment: Conservative management.
Opinion: Still undergoing treatment. Out for this weekend.
5. Jabulani Mendu:
Diagnosis: Fractured base of fifth metatarsal, left foot.
Opinion: Out for eight weeks.
Until next week,

Dr Humbulani Ephraim Nematswerani
MBChB,MMedSc (Natal), DTM&H (Wits), FRSTM(UK)
Sports Physician/Travel Med Consultant
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