Our TOP GUN Maverick – Ankle Injury?

Our TOP GUN Maverick – Ankle Injury?

I'M SURE we've all heard by now about the new TOP GUN MAVERICK film starring Tom Cruise and Miles Teller. The film is a squeal to the blockbuster hit TOP GUN 1989. Without any spoilers the film is a roller-coaster of emotions bringing back the nostalgia of the 1986 film and the feel of the adrenaline rush during the fighter jet scenes. Tom Cruise wanted to make this film on one condition, which was that all the fighter jet scenes are to be done without the use of CGI or green-screens! WELL, he did exactly that! There was a immense amount of training for the cast to get into shape for the film. The cast even had to learn how to withheld G-force when in flying the fighter jets.

With training comes physical strength as well muscle strains and injuries. But DID YOU KNOW that Tom Cruise still suffers from a injury that occurred during the shooting of Mission Impossible 3. Tom sustained a broken ankle during the shooting of a jumping scene in the film. He talks a little about this on the Graham Norton's Show.

A broken or fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone or multiple bones within the ankle region.

There are 3 main bones that make the ankle bone

  • Tibia (green)
  • Fibula (yellow)
  • Talus (red)

There are two joints which can be involved in a fractured ankle

  • Ankle joint – where the tibia, fibula and talus meet
  • Syndesmosis joint – the joint between the tibia and fibula which is held by ligament

Causes of ankle fracture

  • Rolling your ankle
  • Twisting or rotating the ankle beyond its load
  • High impact/or force causing trauma

In the case of Tom, the high impact and compressive force of the jump caused his ankle to rotate and twist against the wall which caused his ankle to fracture

Some of the symptoms that may be seen in a severe ankle injury include,

  • Immediate and severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tender to touch
  • Unable to walk or weight bear
  • Dislocation of the joint

Treatment of ankle fracture

Depending on the severity of the ankle fracture and the structures involved, the treatments can be either surgical or non-surgical pathway

  • Surgery will involve re-attachment of ligaments or tendons and pins within the bones
  • Non-surgical will involve immobilisation by a cast for 6-8 weeks then rehabilitation, strengthening and conditioning work

How do we as Podiatrist can help?

The long term affects of sustaining a fractured ankle can include, 

  • Ongoing chronic ankle pain/discomfort 
  • Loss of strength and flexibility in the ankle joint 
  • Early onset of arthritis 

Our aim as Podiatrist is to provide you with a treatment that will help reduce pain/discomfort, improve strength and flexibility and slow down the progression of arthritis. At Penguin Podiatry this includes,

  • Orthotic therapy - long term treatment with the use of custom devices to provide support and stability - this will reduce the about of force and pressure through your ankle joint 
  • Strengthening exercises - to help strengthen the muscles and ligaments with the ankle joint
  • Footwear recommendations - assessment and recommendation of ideal footwear and footwear features
  • Paraffin Wax foot baths - provide therapeutic therapy through the use of heat and essential oils to reduce achy joints and muscles 
  • Ultrasound Therapy - Use of heat to help with circulation to improve foot pain and reduce muscle pain. 

Overall ankle injuries are not the greatest as we use our feet for almost everything. That's why at Penguin Podiatry we are here to help. To put the happy in feet. 

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