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BMJ Case Rep. 2009;2009. pii: bcr07.2008.0502. doi: 10.1136/bcr.07.2008.0502. Epub 2009 Jun 26.

Surfers ankle: a bony spur of the talar neck.

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Swansea NHS, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Swansea, SA6 6NL, UK.

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A 27-year-old competitive surfer presented with a history of a painful right ankle. He was able to recall an injury to his right ankle 4-5 years previously, sustained while surfing. The mechanism described was that he had dropped a considerable height during take-off, sustaining an impact injury from the board. He recalled immediate pain and swelling followed by 2-3 weeks of pain and a limp; he continued to surf, albeit with difficulty, despite this.Investigations found him to have a bony spur on the anterolateral part of the talus. This case shows how this injury is similar to those observed in other sports.

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