It is not uncommon in basketball and other contact sports to encounter lateral ankle sprains and ligament injuries. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for athletes to have lateral ankle instability where multiple ankle ligaments on the outside are stretched to the max.
Fortunately, Stephen Curry did not break his ankle but had significant swelling to the point where he will be out for a while.
It is hard to speculate but looking at the videos and pictures of Curry, I think he probably had a partial tear of the anterior talofibular ligament.
Usually, high ankle sprain’s have a slightly different mechanism of injury. At Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center we see a lot of grade 2 and grade 4 ankle sprains. Specifically, injuries to the anterior talofibular ligament. It is very important for anybody who has an ankle injury to see a specialist right away to rule out a fracture.
Even grade 2 and grade 3 ankle sprains need to be treated by a professional. If those sprains go untreated, patients have a high chance of developing lateral ankle instability. This is due to the constant twisting of the ankle, when walking on uneven surfaces, that can cause future problems such as osteochondral lesions and osteoarthritis.
For chronic lateral ankle instability, I perform Broström lateral ankle stabilization surgery that has been proven to be extremely successful long-term. The retinaculum is also repaired, and I use the periosteum from the fibula to re-create the ligament.
This surgery can be easily prevented if only patients have proper immobilization and care right after the original injury.
Call us today if you are experiencing ankle or any type of foot pain.
Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD
Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, LLC