Carli Lloyd is arguably the best women’s soccer player on the planet, but she now finds herself on the sidelines due to an injured ankle. While jumping for a cross, Lloyd landed on one of the opposing player’s feet and rolled her ankle. Injuries like this are not uncommon in soccer and basketball, and can unfortunately lead to lengthy stays on the sidelines.
The rolling motion of the ankle and foot when landing on an uneven surface can cause multiple injuries to both the ankle and the foot. Often times, either ligament damage or a fracture of the lateral bone of the ankle (Fibula) or foot (5th metatarsal) can occur. At Healthy Feet Podiatry, we specialize in foot and ankle pathology and have multiple options available to treat any injury. In Carli’s case she was lucky enough to not break any bones, however she likely damaged the ligaments surrounding her ankle, which can often times be more difficult to heal. We use a combination approach to limit inflammation using regenerative medicine techniques, such as Prolotherapy, Ozone Injections, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). We use these techniques in combination with immobilization to allow injuries to heal in a timely fashion. Occasionally if the damage is too severe and conservative measures do not alleviate the pain, surgical intervention is warranted. In this case our skilled surgeons will thoroughly explain the operative procedures and post operative recovery to allow you to be relaxed and confident on your day of surgery. If you ever find yourself in Carli’s shoes call Healthy Feet Podiatry for your same day appointment (813) 971-4678.