After nearly a year of searching for answers, this kid is finally getting patched up. Jackson is heading into surgery this afternoon to repair what we now know is a broken bone in his ankle.
Dr. Charles Saltzman, the Chief of Orthopedics at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, diagnosed the fracture in Jackson’s right ankle on Tuesday morning – ending a nearly 12-month effort to figure out why our active teenager had begun walking like an 80-year-old man. Dr. Saltzman is performing the surgery, so we know Jackson is in good hands.
The news that Jackson has been running 5Ks, hiking, mountain biking, and playing a full season of high school football on a broken ankle came as a complete surprise to all of us. None of us can identify a specific incident or injury that he suffered that would have fractured his right talus. Dr. Saltzman said he’s only seen a handful of fractures like this and they all seem to be in kids who are Jackson’s age.
Before the diagnosis on Tuesday, the doctors we had seen told us Jackson’s pain was the result of an extra bone in his ankle that was about an inch across, according to X-ray and MRI images. Based on this information, we tried custom orthotics, ice, rest, ibuprofen, a cortisone injection, and 5 weeks in a walking boot. Of course none of those things could repair what we now know is a broken bone that will require two screws to fix.
We’re grateful to all the medical professionals who worked with us over the past year, and we’re equally grateful that the doctors who treated Jackson ultimately referred us to Dr. Saltzman.
Please keep Jackson in your thoughts and prayers. He’s got some difficult days ahead, but given all the things he’s done on a broken ankle, we know he’s tough enough to overcome any challenge. ••• #toughkid #surgeryday #hesabouttogetscrewed #anklebreaker #goutes