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GP warns of snowboarder's ankle

GP Dr Mike Langran is keen to improve awareness of an ankle fracture common among snowboarders returning from holidays.

Dr Langran, a GP in Aviemore, Scotland, and ski patrol doctor for the Cairngorm mountains, said 'snowboarder's ankle' ­ a fracture of the talus bone ­ did not show up readily on an X-ray. He said: 'The X-ray looks normal and so the patient is told it's just a sprain. If untreated, it can lead to the early onset of arthritis and disability.'

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