MLB Playoffs – Ankle Fracture Plays into Yankees Loss

Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees are one of the most recognized teams in baseball.  While one could debate what combination of management and players has made the Yankees a common fixture in the post season, you have to admit that the loss of key players early in the season made this run questionable early on.  Even with the loss of Mariano Rivera, due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injury, and Andy Pettitte’s absence for three months for an ankle fracture, the New York Yankees found themselves in Game 1 of the American League Central Series finals against the Detroit Tigers.  In a game that went 12 innings and into the wee hours of Sunday morning, Yankees team captain and short stop Derek Jeter fractured his left ankle.

Down one run in the top of the twelfth, Jeter made a diving catch where he rolled his ankle and sustained an ankle fracture.  The veteran player was escorted off the field as he knew better than to put pressure on the injured ankle.  X-rays confirmed that it was indeed a fracture, an injury that will keep him out of the remainder of the playoffs.

It takes your body approximately 6-8 weeks of immobilization to heal broken bones that are close to one another. Broken bones that occur in the ankle region may require surgical fixation when there are multiple fragments or large spaces between those pieces. With proper immobilization and advanced treatments, such as bone stimulators or platelet rich plasma, the time to heal bone may be advanced.  Healing of the ankle bones that support the full weight of your body is only part of the healing process. Ankle injuries require a slow progress back to full weight bearing and physical therapy to rehabilitate the supported tendons and ligaments that surround the ankle.  

For any sport related ankle injuries or any foot and ankle problems, the doctors here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists are ready to us the latest advancements to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Until next time, keep those feet and ankles happy and healthy Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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