In November 2018, Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert suffered a leg injury that required him to be taken out of the game on a stretcher. KSF Orthopaedic Center, P.A.’s Dr. Michael George gave his expert advice regarding the ‘subtalar dislocation of the right foot’ diagnosis and the recovery time needed by the guard.
“The ankle joint itself is a joint between the central bone and the ankle called the talus, and the tibula and fibula above it. A subtalar dislocation is a dislocation of that central bone called the talus from the bones of the foot below it. This is a very rare injury that only occurs with a high energy mechanism, although it’s most common in basketball players, to the point where some refer to subtalar dislocations as basketball foot.
Once the bones have been set back in place, then the foot is usually stable. Fortunately in this case, according to reports there were no fractures in the foot, which means it would not be expected to need surgery – although there is still injury to the ligaments around the bones that need to heal.”
Dr. Michael George is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon. He specializes in orthopaedic sports medicine, and was one of the first doctors in Houston to earn the Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.