We report a case of bilateral vertical shear (pilon variant) medial malleolar fractures in a high school football player that occurred 1 year apart. The player was able to return to his sport after surgical fixation. Treatment of ankle fractures sustained in the athletic setting is dictated by the fracture location and morphology with vertical shear injuries of the medial malleolus commonly requiring surgical plate stabilization. Appropriate knowledge of risk factors and optimal management of these injuries is imperative, given that delayed union or nonunion may result in debilitating consequences for young athletes with extensive time away from sports participation.
The authors are with the Sports Medicine Research Institute, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, OH, USA.