We all know that a painful ankle sprain is a terrible injury—it hurts, it keeps you from walking around or exercising and it can leave you vulnerable to future sprains if not treated properly and immediately. Think of how upsetting all of those problems are, and then imagine how much worse it would be if an ankle sprain could mean the end of your career.
Fortunately, for most of us, that would never happen, but for NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew, in the last year of his contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a recent sprain could jeopardize his future as a professional athlete.
In the Jaguars’ week 2 macth-up against the Raiders, Jones-Drew left the game because of an ankle sprain; his return for upcoming games has been listed as questionable. Last year, Jones-Drew missed all but six games because of a Lisfranc injury (a fracture and dislocation of the joints in the midfoot). Now it seems that the player who, just two years ago, won the NFL rushing title may not even get a new contract next year after two tough seasons hampered by foot injuries. In the time since he won the 2011 rushing title, he has only run for 486 yards for the Jaguars. He was looking for a contract extension at the end of the 2012 season, when he had only suffered one foot injury; he didn’t get it, and returned to play anyways. Now that he’s hurt his ankle, too, it seems unlikely that he will get the type of contract he’d be looking for.
Ankle sprains hurt and need to be treated by a podiatrist, even if they aren’t threatening the future of your career. If you have sprained your ankle, call Dr. Andrew Schneider as soon as possible to make sure your injury doesn’t get worse.