Last night’s finale had a little more excitement in it than expected when popular favorite Russel Ferguson injured his ankle during an early dance routine. According to Ferguson, “After I jumped off the stage … I had come down on my leg wrong and something shifted over my ankle and it caused it to swell up. And it was real tight, so I wasn’t cleared to be able to dance for the rest of the night. But I could walk.” He limped onto the stage when the winner was finally announced, but his pain seemed to disappear when his name was called.
The ankle joint is made up of 3 bones, ligaments and a joint capsule:
A sprain is an injury to the ligaments (thick bands of cartilage that connect bone to bone)caused by a fall or outside force that pulls the surrounding joint beyond its normal range of movement. The degree of sprain can range from a stretched ligament to a completely torn ligament. Symptoms include pain with movement, swelling, bruising, and joint instability.The only way to know for sure whether an injury is a fracture or a sprain is by taking an x-ray of the ankle.Mild injuries of either type are treated with RICE therapy– rest, ice, compression and elevation. More severe injuries may require immobilization or possibly surgery to restore function.
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