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The Nets' forward suffered a nasty leg injury last week when he fell to the court in Minnesota. Like Gordon Hayward's injury last season, LeVert's ankle was left grossly distorted, leaving spectators and teammates visibly shaken. The medical staffs for both teams sprung to action, quickly tending to LeVert's injury before taking him off the court on a stretcher. LeVert's ankle was then return to its normal position before he was then transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
Fortunately, LeVert was able to travel back to New York with his teammates and met with team orthopedist Dr. Martin O'Malley, the same physician who performed LeVert's three previous foot surgeries. Dr. O'Malley's evaluation produced surprising, yet encouraging, results as it was determined the injury was not as significant as it looked and surgery would not be necessary.
To understand how that is even remotely possible, you have to consider the bony makeup of the foot and ankle. The ankle mortise is formed by the ends of the two lower leg bones, the tibia and the fibula. The two distal ends form a roof over another bone, the talus. The talus is first of the tarsus bones of the foot that make up the hindfoot and the midfoot. The talus sits atop the calcaneus (the heel bone) forming the talocalcaneal or subtalar joint.
When LeVert landed following