Tom Cruise Breaks Two Ankle Bones In Failed Stunt

The moment Tom Cruise hit a building fracturing two ankle bonesYesterday on the London set of Mission: Impossible 6, Tom Cruise was filming a stunt that went horribly wrong. Video of the incident shows Cruise attempting to leap from elevated scaffolding onto the roof of an adjacent building; instead, he falls short and slams into the side of the building.

Though Cruise was seen pulling himself up and onto the roof, where he limped towards help; British outlet The Sun has revealed that Cruise broke two bones in his ankles during the incident. Now, production on the movie has been halted for 4 months.

If there’s one thing this incident proves (aside from the fact that, perhaps, aging actors should leave risky stunts to their stunt doubles) it’s that being able to walk on an injury doesn’t mean you aren’t badly hurt.

As we can clearly see in the video, Cruise is able to walk on his broken ankles! Imagine if he decided to try and walk off those injuries, like so many people do, instead of receiving immediate medical attention: no doubt his pain would have increased greatly, but he also could have exasperated or worsened his existing injury!

Not all ankle injuries are sustained with hundreds of people watching, but all ankle injuries should be given medical attention. Never try to self-treat your ankle pain. Schedule a visit with your Houston podiatrist to rule out a serious injury.
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.
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