San Diego Chargers’ Ryan Mathews Playing Through Ankle Sprain Pain
Ryan Mathews, running back for the San Diego Chargers, suffered a severe ankle sprain December 22 during a game against the Oakland Raiders. A severe ankle sprain would put most athletes out of commission for a while, but it didn’t keep Mathews from trying to stay in play and active.
Mathews has continued playing in games since then, though the pain from the sprain in his ankle has forced him back out of the game after only a few plays in both attempts.
Mathews says it is difficult to watch his teammates from the sidelines and not be able participate, but he will be focusing on training and getting better for now. Whether or not he will attempt to practice or play anymore before he is healed isn’t clear.
We do not recommend continuing to play athletic sports with an injury like an ankle sprain. Playing on an injury can prevent healing or even make the injury worse. It is not a good idea. The best thing to do after an injury is take a break while you heal completely, and be sure to follow all your doctor’s instructions and consult with your podiatrist before you begin activity again.
If you force yourself to play through the pain, you won’t be playing your best, and you may actually end up being out of play longer because you’re not giving the injury time to heal properly. Watch our video on ankle sprain above for more information.
If you’ve suffered a sprain, contact the Neuhaus Foot & Ankle office at (888) 713-0906 or request an appointment online. We can help you get back on your feet and back on the field!
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