Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees captain and star shortstop, ended his playoff stand and compromised the Yankees championship hopes when he broke his left ankle in the opening game of the American League Championship series. The injury took place in the 12th inning when he stepped wrong on the foot while fielding the ball. The Yankees lost the game against the Detrot Tigers 6-4.
Initial reports suspect that Jeter's career should not be threatened by the injury. Indeed, a broken ankle can be a serious injury. Depending on where the fracture is, the position it is in after the injury, and the recovery needed will dictate his future play. For instant, if there is significant injury to the ankle and disruption of the joint, there can end up being limitation of the joint and continued pain with motion
This is often made worse if ankle surgery is needed to repair the broken ankle.
If the fracture is stable and the bones are in good position, surgery may not be needed and the injury can be treated with immobilization and physical therapy. This will give Jeter the offseason to recover and be back in training camp in the spring.
We never like to see a player go down, especially a baseball icon like Jeter. No doubt he will receive the best treatment to get him back in stellar shape for the 2013 baseball season. If you have suffered any sports injury, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate evaluation.