Rookie running back for the Seahawks, Thomas Rawls, fractured his ankle this past Sunday and will be out for the rest of the season. He was admirably filling in for injured starter Marshawn Lynch, and then injured himself int he first quarter of the game against the Ravens. They thankfully had a blowout win over the Ravens, 35-6.
Rawls came into the game leading the NFL in yards per carry and he was off to a great start once again (six carries for 44 yards) before getting rolled up by a Ravens defensive lineman in the backfield. His ankle injury is a big blow for the Seahawks. DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson filled in the rest of the game for Rawls. The Seahawks have won four straight games and are currently sitting in the top NFC wild-card spot.
Coach Pete Carrol said he doesn’t believe Rawls will be undergoing an operation for the fractured ankle even though it is substantial and believes the torn ligaments to the ankle may be more problematic then the actual fracture itself.
Depending on how the ankle was fractured determines the treatment plan. In many cases, simply casting the ankle for six to eight weeks may suffice. However, if the bone has moved (displaced) and there is a significant gap, then a surgery may be necessary to realign the bone and hold it in place with a plate and screws. In many athletes, surgery is almost always necessary, especially if there are torn ligaments as well in order to get them back to their baseline and playing again. Xrays and further imaging such as an MRI may prove to be useful in helping determine treatment plan.
If you have suffered an ankle injury, do not wait to contact your doctor immediately. The longer you wait, the more you could be damaging the structures. Here at Advanced Podiatry, we have many treatment modalities and the latest technology to treat your ankle injuries. Our doctors are well trained in foot and ankle surgery as well. Please call us at 813-875-0555 to schedule your appointment!