USC wide receiver Robert Woods has been dealing with ankle injury issues for a while now. Last season his ailing ankle kept him from performing at his best. This past December, Woods opted to have surgery to repair the ankle.
The surgery in question was an ankle arthroscopy—a procedure that uses a fiber optic camera to explore issues inside the ankle.
Post-surgery inflammation in his ankle has also kept Woods out of practice so far this summer. Despite everything, he hopes to be back to 100% for training camp in August.
“I thought about it, the possibility of not being healthy for the season, of still being sore,” Woods said. “But then I remembered I was sore all last year and I did OK, so I think I’ll be all right.”
Dr. Silverman Comments
The mysterious lingering inflammation issue after arthroscopic treatment of the ankle is none other than Ankle Ligament instability.
We can only guess exactly what happened in the offseason but given the circumstances I would guess it was some sort of inversion ankle sprain. As we have said before, ankle instability causes ankle pain and ankle arthroscopy does very little to fix it in the long term.
Woods has ankle instability. He needs ankle ligament reconstruction.