MOS Injury Insight: Caris Levert Ankle Injury
Brooklyn Nets guard, Caris Levert, suffered a gruesome leg injury in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 13th. Levert came down on his right leg after colliding with Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague leaving his leg visibly out of place. Many were all but certain Levert had sustained a broken leg, but test later confirmed there was no fractures, moderate ligament damage, and the injury is labeled as a “Dislocated Foot”.
We asked Dr. Paul Fortin, a foot and ankle specialist with emphasis in foot and ankle disorders about this injury. “Subtalar dislocation “is a very uncommon ankle injury. Ankle sprains and ankle fractures are much more common. A dislocation is essentially when the joint comes ‘out of socket’. The talus is the main bone connecting the leg to the foot and a subtalar dislocation is when the talus bone stays put and the rest of the foot bones dislocate or come out of socket leaving the talus bone in place. It occurs most commonly as a result of high-energy injuries such as motor vehicle accidents so sports-related subtalar dislocation is an extremely rare injury.”
“It is typically associated with a fairly dramatic abnormal appearance of the foot and ankle. Joint ‘reduction’ is the process of putting the bones back into their normal alignment and should be done urgently. Sometimes joint reduction requires surgical intervention to do so but often it can be done with mild sedation. Subtalar dislocations can be associated with fractures of the surrounding bones, which can negatively impact the long-term outcome and might necessitate surgical treatment. ‘Pure dislocations’ or those without associated fractures are typically treated with early range or motion and rehabilitation. Most subtalar dislocations result in some joint stiffness and arthritic change of the joints involved.”