FOOTBALLERS ANKLE/HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN

WHAT IS FOOTBALLERS' ANKLE?

Footballers' ankle occurs when you get a bony growth at the front of the ankle where the joint capsule attaches. It can follow an injury where the ankle has been over stretched or over bent. The bony deposits cause inflammation in the joint capsule and tendons.

SYMPTOMS OF FOOTBALLER'S ANKLE

  • Pain and tenderness when pressing in with the fingers over the front of the ankle joint.
  • Pain when you bend your foot up or down.
  • A band of pain across the front of the ankle joint when kicking a ball.
  • A bony lump at the front of the ankle


WHAT CAN THE ATHLETE DO?

  • If the bony growth is large enough, nothing the athlete can do is likely to help and surgery may be required to remove it.
  • See a sport injury professional who can advise on rehabilitation.
  • If the injury is more recent or less severe then it may respond to a rehabilitation program consisting of mobility, stretching and strengthening exercises.
  • Wear a heat retainer or support.


WHAT CAN A SPORTS INJURY SPECIALIST OR DOCTOR DO?

  • Thorough evaluation and precise expertise treatment protocols
  • Foot and Ankle X-rays to Access Severity of Condition
  • Advanced Diagnostics: Ultrasound, CT Scan, MRI,Bone Scan
  • Immobilize in Walking Boot
  • Non Weight Bearing in a Fiberglass Cast
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
  • Long Term Prevention Protocols to Avoid Recurrence
  • Percutaneous Cryotherapy(Cryoplantalis)