Snowboarder's Ankle is the common term for a fracture of the lateral process of the Talus bone, which is located on the outerside of the ankle, above the heel bone. This ankle injury is fifteen times more common in snowboarders than in the general population and hence this ankle injury is often termed Snowboarder's Ankle. Commonly, the person twists their ankle and thinks that they have a straightforward sprained ankle, but the symptoms of ankle pain and a swollen ankle persist and the diagnosis is usually made when the person is referred to an orthopaedic doctor.
Recognising this injury as early as possible can help reduce the likelihood of subsequent ankle joint damage. All fractures of the lateral process of the talus should be reviewed by an orthopaedic surgeon. If the CT scan shows that the fracture fragments are not displaced, then 6 weeks of non weight bearing on crutches and a Removable Plastic Cast is the usual treatment. However, if the fracture fragments are displaced, or the fracture has shattered pieces of bone in the ankle joint, then surgery is usually required.
Common Snowboarder's Ankle Injury signs & symptoms: