Brook Lopez (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Center Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets is reportedly in a walking boot after undergoing his third foot injury in two years; only this time to replace a bent hardware which is stabilizing his right fifth metatarsal.

Lopez had a stress fracture occur in Dec. 2011, which immediately followed surgery. He missed 32 games and then played only 5 games before re-injuring his foot. Lopez recovered enough to a great performance in 2012-2013, but then went back to missing games in late Dec, to a foot sprain. Discovery of his bent screw occurred after following a routine post-season checkup, and not because of the pain he was facing initially.  Lopez will be undergoing rest and rehab to properly heal the injured foot, according to columnist Abby Sims of New York CBS Local.

It is important that the right shoes are worn for protection and guard against pain and discomfort. A podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC can make recommendations on how to care and find shoes that fit you, as well as help you with any foot pain you might have experienced from wearing ill-fitting footwear.

Proper Foot Care Leads to Better Health

Long periods of standing often times lead to pain and discomfort around the feet. Every day the body undergoes a series of stresses, especially during work. To minimize these stresses on your feet, better shoe choices and proper posture will significantly help.

Better Choices

A Negative Heel

· This is where the heel is slightly lower than the ball of the foot.

Going Barefoot

· Having your feet crammed into shoes for long periods of time increases pressure. Giving your feet some exposure to air and walking barefoot helps tremendously.

Exercise Your Feet

· A foot workout helps correct movements and stimulates the blood flow and muscles of the feet.

Foot Care

Spending a majority of the time on your feet will most likely trigger pain; even more so if you suffer from poor circulation.  Proper footwear and appropriate stretching will alleviate pain and prevent further issues. When your feet hurt, it is best to take care of them right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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