SPORTS INJURY & TREATMENT

ANKLE

The ankle is a complex joint formed by three bones and is responsible for the upward and downward movement of the foot. Ankle injuries are the most common injuries in any sport. Some of them are:

  • FRACTURE:

    It means broken ankle. The bones that make the ankle are broken.

  • SPRAIN:

    It refers to the tearing of the ligaments of the ankle.

  • ARTHRITIS:

    Arthritis means 'joint inflammation'. When it affects the ankle joint, it can produce swelling and pain, and may lead to a decreased ability to walk.

  • OSTEOCHONDRITIS DISSECANS:

    It is a condition wherein the cartilage from a part of the joint will be shed out.

TREATMENT

For sprains, the ankle will be immobilized with a splint. The doctor will prescribe adequate anti-inflammatory medicines. After a period of adequate rest, rehab exercises for the ankle joint will be advised.

Late cases of an ankle sprain may need a debridement through arthroscope, with ligament repair.

With minimally invasive (keyhole) procedures, the damaged cartilage will be repaired by harvesting a cartilage from another part of the joint.

For arthritis, using keyhole procedures, the synovium along with osteophyte is debrided.