Monday, February 8, 2010

Dwight Freeney And Ankle Injuries

Congratulations to the Saints for winning Super Bowl XLIV! Lets talk for a minute about the Colts star defensive player, Dwight Freeney. He suffered from a torn ligament in his Right Ankle.  There was debate on whether or not he was going to play in the Super Bowl. He was able to, but he still had significant pain as the game went on and was not able to play the entire game. Lets discuss what the grading system is for Ankle Ligament injuries. These are usually caused by "rolling in " on the ankle.

Grade 1: Usually caused by stretching of the ankle ligaments on the outside part of the ankle. The ligaments are not torn. There is no instability of the ankle joint.   Treated best with Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE).

Grade 2: There is more damage than a Grade 1 with partial tearing of the ligaments of the ankle. There is no instability of the ankle joint.  Treatment is the same with 1, but patients will require a brace, need to be immobilized in either a cam boot, Unna boot, and crutches or cane.

Grade 3: There is tearing of the ligaments of the ankle joint, there is ankle instability, along with swelling and pain. Treatment is the same as 2 but more aggressive in offloading the ankle and stabilizing it to prevent it from rolling in or out again. Soft tissue injuries can take a minimum of 2-3 weeks to heal.

Treatment options for Freeney probably ranged from physical therapy, tapings to support the ankle, and ankle braces. Continually playing on a damaged ankle without the ligaments having a chance to heal can have long term consequences such as but not limited to; frequent spraining of the ankle, arthritis, instability, and continued pain. It's always important to seek medical treatment if you have sprained your ankle for the right treatment protocol. Please visit our site for more details.