Snowboarder’s fracture

What is a snowboarder’s fracture?

If you have suffered a bad ankle sprain that doesn’t settle over time and you had X-rays that were ‘normal’, it’s possible that you have had a snowboarder’s fracture.

How is it caused?

A snowboarder’s fracture is thought to be caused by forced twisting of the ankle upwards and outwards, often when landing after a jump.

What are the symptoms?

There is continued pain for a long time after you have been diagnosed with an ankle sprain.

How is it diagnosed?

The fracture is difficult to spot on an X-ray and a further scan, such as a CT scan, will be needed.

How is it treated?

Treatment can involve fixing of the fracture with a small screw, or removal of the small fragment of bone that is causing problems.

Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.


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