Another weekend of college football has come and gone with the Gators coming out on top at The Swamp. Not all good news coming out of Gainesville, Florida despite the 40-12 win over Missouri. The Gators lost Senior linebacker, Jarrad Davis, to a severe ankle sprain that may potentially leave him out for several weeks. Early X-Ray reports show no broken bones. An MRI to evaluate the ligaments and tendons is still pending.
Generally speaking, ankle sprains are classified based on their severity and are treated accordingly. Mild sprains, which usually involves stretching or partial tearing of some ligaments, do well with immobilization in a boot with rest and icing. The more severe sprains involve more structural damage to surrounding ligaments. In addition to a protective boot, the major sprains require intensive physical therapy and even surgery in rare cases where ankle pain and instability is still present after 6-8 weeks.
Davis, one of the leaders on the Gator’s Defense, is projected to be a high draft pick in next year’s upcoming NFL draft. When on the field, he is extremely productive totaling 48 tackles which is good for 7th in the SEC. The Gator’s have a bye this week which gives him some time to recover for their next game which is in Jacksonville against the University of Georgia. Everybody at Advanced Podiatry wishes him a speedy recovery!
If you have ever twisted or sprained your ankle and are still having pain or instability, call and make an appointment with one of our specialists. Often times an ankle brace or a custom orthotic is all you need to get back on your feet and being active. Come in and see what treatment is right for you.