16-year-old Rachel Gowey was practicing for the U.S. Gymnastics Championships this past week when she broke her right ankle during a beam dismount. She had to be carried off the mat by her coach Liang Chow. Gowey had also injured her left ankle recently, and she was only planning to participate in two events at the Championships. But now it looks like she won’t compete at all.
Gowey trains at the same gym as Olympic gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Shawn Johnson. She earned fifth place at this year’s Cup of Jesolo and fourth place the U.S. Classic last month.
Broken ankles can be excruciatingly painful and require immediate medical attention. For help dealing with a broken ankle, visit podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang will treat your problem and get you back on your feet again.
The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.
If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.
Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.
There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling.
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