Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE
While there has been some discussion among Golden State Warriors fans about whether Stephen Curry's problem is "ankle instability", one orthopedic surgeon suggests that Curry's doctors might need to step outside the box and consider diagnoses beyond the ankle.
Back in January, Brian McCormick weighed in on Stephen Curry's chronic ankle injuries for GSoM saying that the problem would appear to be his stride pattern. Curry reportedly addressed the movement issue this offseason as part of his rehabilitation.
Then he got injured again in the Golden State Warriors' game against Portland on Friday and we've had a long discussion about whether this latest incident was just a freak accident or there is still lingering ankle instability that will remain a problem throughout the season.
However, Dr. Lance Silverman - an ankle and foot specialist in Minneapolis - suggests in a recent blog that perhaps the focus on Curry's ankle is misplaced and that Curry's doctors might need to think outside the box a little.
Stephen Curry probably doesn't have ankle instability. Instead, he has another joint that is unstable. "All that rolls is not the ankle." His condition hasn't been completely diagnosed or treated, and his ankle arthroscopy surgery back in April did not address the instability. After reviewing the video, it's clear that there is something wrong that needs to be further evaluated. I would start with a clinical examination to find the area that has been incompletely treated...It seems to be in another area outside the ankle like the calcaneocuboid joint.
For those of you who, like me, are neither doctors nor recent visitors to a Holiday Inn and don't know what planet a calcaneocuboid comes from, it might be described simply as a joint around the heel area that enables rotating and sliding movements. The act of running - which involves moving a foot up and down - would be included within the set of functions that the calcaneocuboid is responsible for.
Could a weak calcaneocuboid lead to Curry being more susceptible to these ankle injuries than other players? It certainly does make you wonder whether Curry's doctors have in fact considered what Silverman suggests here and what more could be done if indeed that is the problem.