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When Stevenson junior Jordan Newman stepped on an opponent’s foot during scrimmages last fall, he told Jon Kerr of the Lincolnshire Review that his leg twisted and he “heard a pop.”

Newman didn’t know it yet, but he had suffered a Jones fracture to his left foot. The break to the long bone (called the fifth metatarsal), which is on the outside of the foot and connects to the little toe, is a common one; however, the healing process can be difficult, as that specific area in the foot receives less blood than any other.

Board certified orthopaedic surgeon Anand Vora, who operated on Newman, confirms that the injury “is similar to what many athletes at high levels sustain,” citing both Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones as examples. The treatment is surgery, and Dr. Vora says that if the break is fixed properly and heals well, the athlete can return to the sport in as little as three months.

High school student Jordan Newman was atypical in his speedy recovery, saying he was “out eight [weeks] and ready for game day.” The first few weeks consisted of resting the foot, with the rest of the time spent at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute doing rehab, including squats and lunges to build up leg strength.

Dr. Vora confirms that “this player came back very quickly relative to the normal patient,” adding that “the screw that was used [in the surgery] was one that I specifically designed … to fix this type of injury.”