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Cricket News: Australia’s Glenn McGrath Suffers Ruptured Ankle Ligament

Posted by on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


Countries like England and Australia readily come to mind when one hears the word “cricket,” but believe it or not, there are actually quite a few cricket teams right here in New York City. In fact, there are 12 leagues in NYC alone and the nearby Staten Island Cricket Club happens to be the oldest continuous organization in the US, with roots dating back to 1872. Here at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in Manhattan, we’re no stranger to the types of foot and ankle injuries suffered by cricket players like Aussie Glenn McGrath, who famously sustained what the press referred to as a “freak” ankle injury.

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Glenn McGrath, the nemesis of England cricket, suffered a 2005 ankle injury that turned the tide away from Australia’s favor. Image Source:

What Happened To Glenn McGrath?

The “freak injury” that afflicted Glenn McGrath occurred a decade ago, but he has only shared the full story of what happened on July 29th this summer ahead of the Test between Australia and England at Edgbaston — which goes to show just how “haunting” a serious ankle injury can be! He told the UK Telegraph that he’d gotten to the field 30 minutes prior to his usual warm-up.1 He was passing a rugby ball with teammate Brad Haddin, but didn’t notice the coach setting up balls and gloves for his shoulder routine.

“[Brad] throws this horrendous pass, it bounced half-way and it skidded past me, and I just turned to pick it up,” he recalled. “I turned and felt this pain in my ankle and went down. I did not see the ball, I still don’t remember seeing the ball, and I remember hitting the ground and lying there and I’m thinking, ‘I’m in a bad way here.’” He added  that it felt like eternity as he was lying there, trying to imagine how he could reverse what had happened.

Glenn McGrath was no stranger to ankle injuries. He once missed a year of cricket after having surgery to remove bone spurs in his other ankle, but returned to win 78 wickets in 15 tests, “making him the best bowler in the world at that time,” reported The Age.2–theres-no-glenn-mcgrath/2005/08/04/1123125851912.html

“Physiotherapist Errol Alcott confirmed that McGrath had received a grade 2 tear of the lateral ligament in his ankle and had associated bruising,” The Age reported at the time. On top of that, McGrath also experienced “bone abnormalities in his joint” that demanded further investigation from a radiologist.

Many credit the injury with England’s ability to reclaim the the Ashes.3 McGrath rushed back to compete in Old Trafford on August 11th, just three weeks after his July 21st injury, but it was agreed he was not up to his usual form. McGrath missed Trent Bridge later that month. He returned to play in The Oval series in mid-September and helped Australia regain The Ashes 2006 tournament, but then went on hiatus for the six-month stretch from April 2006 until October 7th, when he returned to win the ICC Champions Trophy and make his mark on the sport one last time before retiring from tests to spend more time with his family.

Ruptured Ankle Care

Ruptured ankle ligaments are extraordinarily painful and involve a lot of internal bleeding and swelling. The patient cannot put any pressure on the ankle following injury, and it can take anywhere from four to eight weeks for healing, depending on how severely the ligament was torn and stretched. As McGrath’s case proves, rushing back into action too soon after rupturing an ankle ligament is not advisable. Typically, patients can be treated with a cast or walking boot, but cases of displaced cartilage and bone fragments in the talus bone of the ankle joint may warrant surgery. With a talar dome lesion, patients may suffer a chronic deep ankle pain (especially during periods of sporting activity), experience random episodes of swelling, feel an occasional clicking while walking, and feel as though their ankle locks up or gives out on occasion. After healing, up to six months of active rehabilitation therapy involving balance training is necessary to regain full use of the ankle again.

Where To Have Ankle Injuries Treated In NYC

The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine has two offices — one in Manhattan at 111 East 88th Street (between Lexington and Park avenues, near Central Park) and another in Westchester at 10 Mitchell Place (near The Galleria at White Plains). Our conveniently located offices are fully equipped with diagnostic tools from CT, x-ray, MRI and ultrasound imaging machines to an in-house blood lab team and computerized gait analysis to get you the most accurate diagnosis the first time. We employ a diverse range of conservative, non-invasive, and surgical techniques to get you back on your feet most efficiently. Our board-certified podiatrists and sports medicine doctors have been extensively trained in the latest industry advances, from extracorporeal shockwave therapy and the use of laser technology to platelet-rich plasma injections and focused aspiration of scar tissue. Our friendly rehabilitation team is here to help with all your long-term recovery needs. There is no better place to seek treatment for an ankle injury sustained while playing cricket or participating in any other physical activity. Contact us to schedule a consultation.






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If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.