It might just be a defensive gesture from the offensive shooting whiz, but the Los Angeles Lakers star Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young is exploring treatment for a left ankle peroneal strain. This is bad news for the already injury depleted Lakers team. Don’t forget, Kobe is already lost for the rest of the season. And so is their number one draft choice Julius Randle, Xavier Henry (out for the season due Achilles surgery), Steve Nash (out for the season) and the list goes on.
After limping off the floor during Wednesday night’s game against the Portland Trailblazers, an MRI ruled out more-serious damage. But still, tendon tears can be very painful and usually take a bit of time to heal.
The two peroneal tendons are located directly behind the outside ankle and function to stabilize and move the joint outward. These tendons play a critical role in balancing the ankle and back of the foot. They also prevent the foot from turning inward repetitively.
I can’t say I’m surprised at Young’s injury, which is common with those taking part in sports that involve a repetitive ankle motion. And, no, you don’t have to be a professional athlete to suffer this common injury.
But in Mr. Young’s case, an ankle strain suffered in January that caused him to miss several games was obviously a contributing factor to his latest ankle woes. “Peroneal tears are often due to ankle instability from previous ankle sprains or high arched feet which put strain on the lateral ankle and foot,” says Dr. Bob Baravarian, Director of University Foot and Ankle Institute in Los Angeles.
“The good news is Young is not ignoring his injury and is certainly getting aggressive treatment for it. When you have an injury like this, there are a lot of things we can do from the outset to reduce the time it takes to heal. Needless to say, appropriate early treatment is key to a quick recovery,” states Baravarian.
At UFAI, we treat our patients individually and only prescribe treatments that are best for their injury and their lifestyle, always trying to avoid surgery. The team of foot and ankle surgeons at UFAI are trained trauma experts. With decades of extensive experience in the treatment of ankle tendon injuries, you are literally in the best hands possible.
There is little doubt that with proper non-surgical treatment, Swaggy P will be back playing small forward after the All-Star break. And boy, do the Lakers need him!
University Foot and Ankle Institute has 9 locations throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, including our West Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Santa Barbara, West Hills, Valencia, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica podiatry offices.
For more information on peroneal tendon strains, or other foot and ankle conditions, please call (877) 989-9110 or visit us at www.footankleinstitute.com