Russell Wilson pulled off another last minute game saving win as he threw a touchdown for the Seahawks, beating out the Miami Dolphins on Sunday with a 12-10 win. What's more amazing is that he did it after his ankle was sprained as a result of being accidentally stepped on by a defensive tackle much larger than him. Of course he's tough but he's also paid to make sure the Seahawks win no matter what.

Don't make that same mistake if you're playing your favorite sport and you feel a twinge of pain from a twist or jump. While Russell Wilson has the advantage of top notch athletic trainers and Sports Medicine physicians waiting on the sideline, most of us won't have the same service.

Playing through any injury is risky since you won't have the benefit of an onsite examination and evaluation. It's impossible to know if you've broken a bone or how badly you've torn a ligament.

If you do get injured it's best use the following protocol to keep down pain and inflammation:

  • Rest
  • Apply ice
  • Apply compression to the ankle
  • Elevate the injured ankle

Russell has been given the go ahead to practice on Wednesday and play this coming Sunday. However, it's very likely if he tore a ligament, he'll have problems later on because once a ligament is stretched out if doesn't go back to its original shape. Because of this, ankles with torn ligaments are usually more stiff and unstable.

So now that you have the skinny on playing through pain, call us today at 206-368-7000 for an appointment, if you get injured. For injuries we can usually see you same day. You can also request an appointment online.

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Seattle foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Rion Berg offers foot care for patients with bunions, heel pain, diabetes, fungal toenails, ingrown nails, and surgical solutions when needed to residents of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and other surrounding suburbs.

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