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Darren Gough's latest painful knee and ankle injuries

This week saw the end of Darren Gough’s adventure in The Jump, losing out to Sir Steve Redgrave in the head to head jump off, with Sir Steve opting for the K24 jump and clocking up a greater distance.

The event has witnessed a number of injuries to celebrities, with two having to pull out following injury through concussion and a broken wrist by Melinda and Henry respectively. Darren Gough has to be the most injury prone celebrity of the show clocking up no less than five separate injuries across his body, yet more surprisingly he is still active and here are just a couple of them.

Ankle ligament damage

Ligaments are tough bands of tissue which connect the bones within a joint and are responsible for its stabilisation. Damage here can affect a person’s ability to apply weight, let alone being able to walk, run or jump.

The severity of the injury will determine the symptoms experienced, from swelling and inflammation of the joint to being extremely painful following a tear. The entire weight of the body passes through the joint, therefore any instability can have a severe impact on your ability to remain mobile. The majority of ankle injuries are self-limiting and you should expect to recover following a few days of rest though in more severe cases surgery may be required to repair the ligament.

An ankle brace can be worn to offer additional support during recovery from injury with a number of different options available depending on the type and severity of the injury. Where ankle ligament damage has been sustained you need an ankle brace which can offer you stability, typically in the form of strapping to act as an external ligament. Compression is also a key feature to help manage any inflammation which can also allow you to remain active for longer.

For more information on ankle ligament damage visit our injury information pages.

Knee Pain

The knee problems experienced by Darren stem back to his cricket playing days, admitting that he now needs to wear a knee brace when active following continued injuries to the joint, something the knocks and falls during his winter sports adventure will not have helped with.

Each knee brace is completely different, depending on the condition you wish to manage or even prevent against and can be categorised as either a soft support or a rigid support.

A soft knee support is typically worn post injury and is designed to be used when a patient is active, allowing them to continue being mobile for longer due to the support the brace offers. They work by offering compression to help manage inflammation and can cater for a variety of conditions from mild ligament damage to patella tendonitis.

Click here to view our range of soft supports.

A rigid knee support is typically worn as a preventative measure to protect against impact damage and can be seen being worn by extreme sports professionals. The rigid brace is typically manufactured from strong materials such as carbon fibre meaning that whilst it is lightweight it is extremely strong to protect against impacts which can damage the ligaments within the joint and affect overall stability. An example of a rigid brace worn by some of the most high profile extreme sports stars is the CTi knee brace.

Final Thoughts

It has been a tough week for Darren Gough in Innsbruck with the injuries sustained though with rest and physiotherapy he should be back to full fitness in no time. Sports braces are a great way of helping to manage a condition whilst also allowing a person to remain active with knee supports and ankle braces targeting the root cause of the issue to help offer the stability lost through the initial injury.