6 Most Common Sports Ankle Injuries

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6 Most Common Sports Ankle Injuries

With school back in session and students returning to sports activities, the possibility of your young athlete suffering an ankle injury will increase. Ankle injuries are the most common of all sports injuries. While some ankle injuries are minor and heal with a little rest from activities, some can be serious and require immediate medical attention.

Here are six of the most common sports ankle injuries:

  1. Sprained ankle. An ankle sprain is the most common of all sports injuries. Ankle ligaments can be injured by simply twisting an ankle. A mild sprain will usually heal on its own with rest anywhere from a couple of days, up to two weeks. However, a severe sprain may require a longer healing time and physical therapy.
  2. High ankle sprain. This injury is caused when ligaments between the ends of the fibula and tibia are torn. This injury often occurs with other ankle ligament injuries. Surgery isn’t usually indicated with this injury, but proper diagnosis can lessen the recovery time.
  3. Achilles tendon rupture. The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. A rupture of this tendon is one of the most painful of ankle injuries. This injury can be caused by a sudden movement after standing still. While non-surgical treatment can sometimes heal this injury, surgery is sometimes needed.
  4. Peroneal tendon subluxation. The peroneal tendons are a pair of tendons that run under the lateral malleolus on the outer side of the ankle. If the sheath that keeps these tendons in place is ruptured during an inversion injury, these tendons will then slide back and forth freely. Surgery is often needed to repair the sheath to keep the tendons from sliding.
  5. Jones fracture. This fracture occurs on the fifth metatarsal, which is a long bone on the outside of the foot under the little toe. This injury is usually treated surgically because of the risk of nonunion. This surgically usually requires the insertion of a screw where the fracture occurred.
  6. Lateral malleolus fracture. This injury occurs when the distal aspect of the fibula, which is located outside the ankle is fractured. A nondisplaced fracture can be treated with a cast or boot, but a displaced fracture is usually surgically repaired with screws and a plate.

If your child suffers an ankle injury, 3D Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center is ready to help. The foot is made up of 26 bones that are connected to multiple joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and is one of the most complex parts of the body. Specialized care is warranted for an ankle injury. Dr. Allison Wade is an Orthopaedic Surgeon specialty trained in Foot & Ankle injuries. Dr. Wade holds the distinction of being the ONLY Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon in Brevard County. Contact us today for an appointment in our Indian Harbour Beach, Florida office.