It appears, her injury is due to the osteochondral lesion in her foot.
I do see those type of injuries quite often, they’re usually due to the overuse or over training. Tailor dome injuries and osteochondral lesions are common in dancers and other athletes and usually are treated with complete immobilization and if misdiagnosed can be devastating. I also see those commonly associated with severe ankle sprains.
I also advise patients who have ankle sprains to seek medical attention right away as you want to have a proper diagnosis and treatment immediately. I see a lot of patients who do not get treated by a professional and end up with chronic ankle pain and ankle instability.
Of course, since I am not a physician who treated Madison, I am not sure if this is what she had. There are 33 joints and 27 bones in the foot and ankle. Therefore, there are many bones that can possibly be affected.
The other common osteochondral lesion side is the second metatarsal, Fracture of the Carthage. It can be seen and is as called Freiberg’s in fraction. It is essential to seek medical attention and proper diagnosis and treatment. Of course, with her, being an Olympic athlete, it is not uncommon to experience reinjury.
Dr. Tatiana Wellens, DPM, PhD
Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, LLC