Houston Rockets center Yao Ming underwent a medical evaluation by Rockets Team Physician Dr. Tom Clanton today which revealed that the hairline fracture in Yao's left foot has not responded to the current treatment program. A bone scan conducted Wednesday night at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute revealed that the hairline fracture on the top of the foot has not yet healed.
Yao and the Rockets will consult with doctors who have previously participated in his care before proceeding with a new course of action. No timeline has been set for his return to basketball activities. There will be no further comment by the team until the best course of action has been determined.
"Yao is not experiencing any pain in his left foot, however, the results from the CT and bone scans we performed over the past two days indicate that the hairline fracture has not responded to the degree that we expected," said Clanton. "We will review a variety of treatment options before proceeding."
The hairline fracture was discovered following the Rockets' May 8th loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. The original treatment plan called for Yao to cease all physical training and to use a walking boot in order to immobilize the foot and promote healing.