What happens to your ankles when you case or flat land a jump, whether racing SX/MX, GNCC or even an aggressive trail ride?
To Case: What you don’t want to do on a triple, double, or even a single jump or unexpected creek bed! “Casing a jump means to come up short resulting in a very hard landing and sudden compression of your suspension; the bike and YOU!
If you are lucky, you have the time and presence of mind to move your boots so they are centered on the peg. If not, well, it is very common to hyper extend your ankles.
1. The suspension compresses to full bottom, your ankles function as suspension, and they immediately compress as well. Then, whether a small 50cc rider or a grown rider on a 450cc, with the full weight of your body coming down on your ankles, they typically pass through their normal range of motion resulting in various levels of strain. When that happens a couple of other undesirable repercussions take place:
a. You snap or tear your Achilles tendon as you wrap your foot around the peg.
b. Your heel stabs the ground and fractures or bruises your Calcaneus (heel bone)
c. You do both
d. You do both and rupture several other tendons and ligaments, or fracture a bone.
The rehab for all of these and other types of anklebone and tendon injuries associated with riding can be long and painful! Often times resulting in surgery and months of rehabilitation, as well as time off of the bike!
The Ankle-savers® performance foot pegs are designed to aid in preventing or lessening the severity of injuries in these cases by providing additional support after 19 degrees of movement, well within the normal range of motion. It is a dangerous sport and there are no guarantees of not being injured. Ankle-savers® foot pegs provide a unique cost effective way to minimize the threat of injuring yourself. Many professionals, like GNCC XC2 Pro Lites Champion and ISDE Junior World Champion and Gold Medalist Steward Baylor, and brother Grant Baylor, ISDE Junior World Champion and Gold Medalist and (two time) GNCC XC2 Pro Lites Champion will no longer ride without Ankle-savers® foot pegs.
Let’s put your ankles in perspective: Your ankles are more complex than your knees. Not only does the ankle have to be incredibly strong to withstand the forces applied to it, but also it must be flexible enough to absorb the forces when changing direction. It can also be divided into 2 “joints”. The ankle joint allows you to move your foot up and down, while the subtalar joint allows movement from side to side (i.e. letting you walk on the side on your foot).
The ligaments that hold your tibia, fibula (calf bones), calcaneus (heel bone), and foot together are more complicated than the knee. The lateral (outside) portion of the ankle has about four ligaments attached to the bones. On the medial (inside) and posterior (behind) portion of the ankle, there are another three ligaments. Each one is named to the bone they are attached to and whether they are posterior or anterior, there is much more to the ankle than most people think. The important thing here is that the ankle, once injured, is one of the toughest injuries to fully recover from because it is so difficult to stay off of it during recovery. Most people that experience an ankle injury never fully recover. It routinely turns into a never-ending nagging injury.
Broken Ankle Causes
- When a person stresses the ankle joint beyond it’s strength or normal range of motion, the joint becomes injured.
- If only the ligaments give way and tear, the damage is a sprained ankle.
- If the ligaments that stabilize the joint are completely disrupted, the bones can come apart and the ankle can become dislocated.
- If a bone gives way and breaks, the damage is an ankle fracture.
- Fractures can occur with simultaneous tears of the ligaments. This can happen in several ways:
- Rolling the ankle in or out
- Twisting the ankle side to side
- Extreme flexion or extension of the joint – Hyperextension. This is what happens when you case a jump!
Just like the knee, whenever the ankle is pushed too far past the normal extension of the ligaments, they are going to get stretched, torn, or ruptured. This is the same scenario for a major tendon, the Achilles tendon. Injuring this can be from having your feet too far back on the pegs and landing off of a jump. This sends all of the downward force to your ankles and pulls the Achilles tendon away from the insertion points (avulsion fracture) or tears it (rupture).
The healing process should start as soon as possible. To get this going, a great place to start is to use the RICE method; Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate. Depending on the severity of the accident and condition of the ligaments, putting the ankle in a brace for a couple of weeks is pretty normal. After a few weeks, close supervision of movement helps the joints from getting too stiff. Like the knee, any tearing of the ligaments or tendons takes a lot of time to heal.
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