With the first victory of the Eagles season, came the 1st injury to the team. Ronald Darby, the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback had a non- contact injury during the second quarter. He immediately fell to the ground and held his ankle. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000841591/article/eagles-cb-ronald-darby-dislocates-right-ankle-in-win
He was taken off the field on a stretcher and taken into the locker room for X-rays. The X-rays were negative for any fracture (break in the bones). However, with the position of his ankle when the injury occurred, he has dislocated the ankle. He will need MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to further evaluate ligament and tendon damage.
An ankle dislocation is an injury which occurs when significant force is placed upon the ankle joint. The bones do not fracture, or break; however, the ligaments which hold the joint in alignment, fail. This will be evaluated by an MRI. With ankle dislocations, the ligaments can be torn and surgery may be necessary to re-align the ankle joint. Luckily for Darby, the MRI report shows that he did not sustain major ligament injury and he will not need surgery. He is reported to be out for at least 4-6 weeks and should be back for a portion of the season, and hopefully, for the playoffs. https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/eagles-reportedly-get-good-news-about-ronald-darby-who-will-miss-only-4-6-weeks/
An ankle dislocation and ankle fracture are often times confused. With an ankle fracture, the bones do fracture. With a non-displaced ankle fracture, the bone breaks but does not shift positions. This can be treated with conservative treatment and casting. If the ankle fracture creates a displaced fracture, surgery is necessary to re-align the bone fragments. Ankle fractures also have a 6 week recovery with Physical Therapy after surgery or casting to help strengthen the ankle.
The injury was traumatic, however, the MRI results were great news for Darby and the Eagles. He may return for the second half of the season, in time for the playoffs. Our doctors at Podiatry Care Specialists can help with ankle dislocations or with ankle fractures. We specialize in conservative and surgical treatment of ankle injuries. Call the office to schedule an appointment at any of our 6 convenient locations.