Hockey and Eversion Ankle Sprains

Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses eversion ankle sprains in hockey.

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Larissa Roux, MD FRCP Dip Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses eversion ankle sprains in hockey.
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Featuring Dr. Larissa Roux, MD, MPH, PhD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med

Duration: 2 minutes, 2 seconds

An eversion ankle sprain is an injury to the medial or inside ligaments of the ankle that occurs after foreceful inward rotation of the foot.

Unlike in other sports where pivoting and cutting actions result in rollover of the ankle, where the foot goes inward, in hockey, the foot is in a rigid skate and sometimes the blade can be caught in an ice rut, and be forcefully turned upwards and outwards, resulting in an eversion sprain.

A hockey player might experience acute pain on the medial aspect of his ankle and will have difficulty weight bearing. It's really imporant that an athlete sees their primary care sports medicine physician when faced with this problem. Due to the forceful nature of this turning of the ankle, other associated injuries should not be missed.

As with other ankle sprains it is really important in this situation to rest, ice, compress and elevate the injured joint. In addition to this, seeking help from a physiotherapist would be really important to start on an ankle rehabilitation program, bracing is a great solution to minimize the feeling of instability in the joint. This would be true both at the time of injury as well as long term.

It's important to seek medical attention for this particularly injury early because of the forceful nature of the injury itself. Often times, there can be accompanied associated injuries such as widening of the medial joint space or a fratcture that is not noted immediately.

If you have further questions about eversion ankle sprains contact your family physician or your primary are sports medicine physician.

Presenter: Dr. Larissa Roux, Sports Medicine Physician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

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