During last week’s Par 3 Contest, golfer Tony Finau suffered a painful ankle injury, dislocating it while celebrating a hole-in-one on the 7th. As he made his way down the fairway backwards, his left ankle buckled, causing him to land on it awkwardly. The player was able to pop it back into place himself before being taken to the clubhouse for an x-ray.
Fortunately, the initial x-rays came back negative and as reported later in the week, so did his MRI, which confirmed no break. As long as the player was able to keep the swelling under control, he was given clearance to play in the season’s first major at Augusta National.
Typically, ankle dislocations are a direct result of a trauma when forces are placed on the ankle that cause the bones to fracture or the ligaments to tear. In this case, Finau was lucky to not have sustained enough damage to prevent him from playing, but it’s likely there may have been some ligament tearing [based on the photo that surfaced this past Monday] that the player will need to address in the future to prevent ankle instability.
If you or someone you know experiences problems with a ligamentous ankle injury, it’s important to consult a podiatrist as soon as the injury occurs. Dr. Marc A. Borovoy, DPM, and Dr. John D. Miller, DPM, are experts in all areas of the foot and ankle and can diagnose ligament ankle issues through radiological testing in-office, and based on the severity of their findings, suggest physical therapy or surgery to correct the torn ligaments and/or fractures.
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