Stories about: os trigonum

Helping Olympian Aimee Buchanan get back on her skates

Aimee Buchanan, who had surgery to remove a bursa, performs a Biellmann spin at the 2018 winter Olympics

Like many young athletes, Aimee Buchanan dreamed of going to the Olympics. But unlike most athletes, she skated her way to success, overcoming multiple injuries along the way. A dual American-Israeli citizen, Aimee competed for Israel’s figure skating team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. She placed 10th in the women’s short program team event and ultimately helped her team finish ahead of both South Korea and France.

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Keeping twin dancers on their toes

Dance-Twins-IIEighteen-year-old twins Sasha and Lise Ramsay are like two peas in a pod. They started dancing at 3, fell in love with ballet by age 6 and will both enter the ballet program at Brigham Young University in the fall. The girls are also mirror-image twins, which means some features, like cowlicks in the hair, are opposite each other.

When Sasha was diagnosed with os trigonum syndrome, a tiny extra bone behind her right heel, at 15, the family expected Lise to follow in her footsteps. And she did. True to mirror-image form, Lise’s os trigonum developed opposite her twin’s—in her left heel.

The syndrome makes dancing difficult, causing ankle pain and preventing the dancer’s toes from fully pointing. “Releves [balancing on the balls of my feet] and turning were really painful,” recalls Lise.

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