Watching Saquon Barkley get injured last night during the game against the Cowboys was only the rotten cherry on top of a terrible weekend for Penn State football fans such as myself.
Saquon Barkley suffered a nasty inversion ankle injury yesterday during this game. This Tweet from ESPN Sportscenter shows the moment of the injury and the aftermath of what the ankle looks like minutes later after the injury. As much as I hate to say it, if you have Saquon on your Fantasy Football team, now may be the time to dump him. I know that seems harsh, especially coming from a diehard Penn State Fan! But coming from a Podiatrist who treats foot and ankle injuries, it doesn't look so good for the next couple of months for one of my favorite players of all time!
So far preliminary reports have said it is not a fracture, if that is the case, and ofcourse I am not treating Saquon Barkley, then the sequela of this type of injury maybe be more drawn out for this football star. If you look at the picture of the ankle rolling, we in the business call this an inverstion external rotation injury. If fibula and/or tibia were not broken and you see all the swelling on the picture on the right, that damage inside the ankle can be a worse prognosis than say just a distal fibula fracture. The bone that sits in the ankle joint is called the talus and often with inversion ankle sprain motion the talus hits the tibia or fibula causing what we call a talar dome lesion which often can be a longer recovery. Many times with an inversion ankle injury, the lateral collateral ligaments can tear. This can cause the ankle to blow up and look like the picture above from the Sportscenter tweet. For almost all of the injuries mentioned the treatment is a period of immobilzation of at least 8 weeks. Even with newer regenerative medicine modalities there needs to be a period of immobilization........ that is in the best interest of the athlete.
Don't completely trust the fact that Saquon limped off the field and could put some weight on the foot. This is an archaic way of thinking, "if he can walk on it, it isn't broken." Not true, your fibula only bears 1/9 of your body weight, a lot of that swelling in the picture is consistent with where we would be seeing for a small distal fibula fracture that is non displaced you can still walk on it, especially if you ar a badass like Saquon Barkley!
For all my Penn Staters out there: GO STATE BEAT ILLINOIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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