Snowboarder’s ankle (so named because the injury occurs 15 times more in snowboarders than the general population) is the common term for a fracture of the lateral process of the talus (LPT), which often occurs during a high-impact event, such as a car collision or a hard fall from high up. A talus fracture that does not heal properly can lead to serious life-long complications, including impairment of foot function, early onset of arthritis, and chronic pain,” says podiatric foot and ankle specialist Thomas J. Elardo, DPM, a board certified podiatric physician and surgeon in private practice in San Jose and Los Gatos, CA.
|Dr. Thomas Elardo
“Once identified as snowboarder’s ankle, treatment of the fracture will depend on how large and how displaced the broken fragments are. A small fracture that is in normal alignment can usually be treated without surgery. This typically means about 4 to 6 weeks of having the foot and ankle in a cast and on crutches with no weight-bearing on the leg. However, large and displaced fractures are typically treated with surgery. Sometimes this is highly problematic as the multiple fragments of bone can be like putting together the pieces of a difficult jigsaw puzzle," says Dr. Elardo.
Source: Cision [2/23/18]
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