Sports injuries are a very common reason for a visit to the emergency department. Millions of people every year turn up in hospitals as the result of sporting mishaps, often thanks to a collision or a brief lapse in concentration. Depending on what has happened, various imaging methods may be used to examine the injury, but in the case of a twisted ankle, as pictured here, an x-ray is the way to go.

This patient has not only fractured her lateral malleolus but also fractured a bone at the base of the foot. Radiologists are trained to look beyond the first fracture and actively search for associated fractures that might be present.

Twisted ankle