This football injury looks brutal – and according to an orthopedic surgeon, it is.
Dr. Antonio Webb recently took to YouTube in response to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott’s ankle injury and giving fans a glimpse into the gruesome dislocation. Prescott dislocated his ankle in the third quarter of a game between the Cowboys and the New York Giants on Sunday when he was attacked by Giants defender Logan Ryan. The impact caused Prescott to dislocate and break his ankle and kick out of the machine in the wrong direction. As an orthopedist, Dr. Webb said it was a “pretty serious ankle injury”
According to ESPN, the Cowboys announced that Prescott “suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, meaning the bone penetrated his skin as part of the injury”. Prescott reportedly received ankle surgery on Sunday night, with ESPN indicating that his season is likely over.
“With an ankle dislocation, the tibia and talus separate,” says Dr. Webb. “When that happens, it can be very painful. They can injure structures around the ankle such as nerves and arteries. “
Doctors often classify ankle dislocations based on the placement of the foot, with Dr. Webb explains that Prescott’s injury is a trimalleolar ankle fracture. Basically, it’s a nasty three-part ankle fracture involving the “medial malleolus, the posterior part of the tibia, and the lateral malleolus”. This type of injury is so severe that it usually occurs in car accidents, roof falls – and sports breakdowns.
“It seems like the defensive player’s whole strength has landed on Dak Prescott’s leg and ankle [dislocated]”Explains Dr. Webb.
While Dr. Webb says that he usually tries to get x-rays before getting an ankle back into position, he says at a sporting event that it is often done on the field to treat the injury as soon as possible. He suspects that this happened in Prescott’s case and cites the air print he was wearing when he was taken off the field.
“After we get the ankle in a good position, patients usually feel better,” says Dr. Webb. “That ankle is out of place or out of place, it’s stretching everything else – your ligaments, your nerves, you have blood vessels running down the inside of your ankle. When the patients’ ankles are reduced it can be very pain relieving for many patients. “
But that’s just the beginning of a long road to recovery. Dr. Webb explains that ankle dislocations can be “unstable” and require brace with splints in order to heal properly. After tensioning, it is decided whether the patient needs an operation. In Prescott’s case, he was operated on immediately.
“Most ankle dislocations require surgery just because the ankle is unstable. They tore the ligaments that would otherwise keep the ankle in a suitable position, ”says Dr. Webb. “We need to restore the ankle, and in surgery we do that with plates and a combination of screws.”
He says that patients with ankle dislocations undergo frequent surgery, put back on a splint, and usually take at least six weeks to avoid straining the ankle. If, as with Prescott, there is a tibial fracture, it usually takes an additional six weeks to heal.
While the news is grim for Prescott’s season, both ESPN and Dr. Webb does not report this as a retirement injury. In fact, one doesn’t have to look far to find another player who recently returned from a much worse circumstance.
“It is very promising to see people like Alex Smith who is the quarterback for them [Washington Football Team] Who had a really cruel ankle injury that got infected [come back on Sunday] after almost 693 days, ”says Dr. Webb.
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