Team Finland’s Mikko Koivu contends with a difficult dilemma. Unfortunately, since Koivu underwent surgery to repair a broken ankle back in January, it is uncertain whether or not he will be ready to participate in the Sochi Olympics.
“As far as we go, if he’s medically cleared and if there’s no risk of injuring it further, then I think it’s great. I would want him to go,” Coach Mike Yeo said. “Given the time that he’s missed, I think it would almost be like a little training camp for when we get out of the (Olympic) break. You can’t replicate games and game situations so … if he could get in, then I think he’d be much stronger coming out of the break.” However, Koivu is not yet medically cleared, so that actually leaves the competitive player’s chances still up in the air, possibly dim.
Broken ankles can be a painful bummer. If you sustained a fracture to your ankle, a visit to one of our twelve podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Center of Tampa Bay might just be what you need to help treat you and get you back on track.
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. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, meaning you will likely be in a cast for at least three months.
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