It was recently announced that Baltimore Ravens tight end, Allen Reisner is suffering from a “ broken ankle,” also referred to as an ankle fracture. Our staff at Foot & Ankle Doctors, Inc. are saddened to see an NFL player injured so early in the season and hope Reisner makes a full recovery.
The ankle joint is composed of three bones: the tibia, the fibula and the talus. Regardless of which bone(s) are broken, ankle injuries can take up to 6 weeks to heal. A twisting or rotation motion of the ankle, rolling the ankle, tripping or falling and high impact accidents are causes of ankle fractures. Reisner most likely experienced swelling and immediate pain after his injury. It is unlikely he was able to place any weight on his injured ankle. Doctors caring for the athlete more likely than not x-rayed his ankle and performed various stress tests to determine which ligaments were injured. CT and MRI images may have been ordered for further work up of his ankle.
We are unsure of the details of Reisner’s injury, however reports state that he has undergone surgery. We assume his fracture was severe enough to require an operation for stabilization of his ankle. It will take several months of rehab before Reisner can make a full recovery.