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How bad is the Lonzo Ball ankle injury?

Craig Lareau M.D.

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball suffered a left ankle inversion sprain in yesterday’s game against Houston. He was not able to bear weight on the ankle and had to be carried off the court. He underwent an MRI, which revealed a grade 3 ankle sprain. This means a complete tear of the lateral ankle ligaments. He will be treated in a walking boot for 2 to 3 weeks, followed by an ankle brace.

A realistic return to play after this injury is about 6 weeks although it could be even longer. Surgery is rarely required but may be necessary in the future if he develops permanent ankle instability.

Until Rajon Rondo returns, the Lakers will likely rely on Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart to cover the point guard position.

Craig R. Lareau, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle surgery. He graduated from Brandeis University where he played varsity soccer. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Lareau completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and trauma fellowship at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital and his foot and ankle fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte. During his fellowship, he helped take care of professional athletes, including NFL, NBA and MLB players. Dr. Lareau is an avid sports fan and enjoys competing in daily fantasy sports.

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