Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley (left) shakes hands with running back Maurice Jones-Drew as they participated in a news conference on Tuesday at EverBank Field. Director of public relations Ryan Robinson stands between them.   Bob.Mack@jacksonville.comMaurice Jones-Drew is officially returning to the game he loves for the first time since he had a foot injury in Oakland. The running back for the Jaguars will be on the field when training camp begins. Jones-Drew was given the ok by doctors to get back into the game after his Lisfranc injury.

 “He came back and they put him through multiple tests, his cutting and things like that, he did outstanding. You’ll see him out there getting some reps, but we want to be smart with that and bring him along slowly,’’ coach Gus Bradley said. Jones-Drew doesn’t seem to be bothered by those who think they may have lost a step in his eighth season after suffering a serious foot injury. “As I got older, I think my drive to be the best running back is what kind of gets me going, to be the best overall running back. That’s what drives me now,” said Drew.

Facing such an injury can be daunting, but with proper care returning to previously enjoyed sports and activities is not impossible. Receiving treatment from a podiatrist such as Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey help you manage your injury as well as provide solutions for how to get back into the sports you enjoy.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

Sprained ankles are a frustrating and painful ordeal many athletes go through. Recovery from a sprained ankle usually involves the RICE method. This includes:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

In addition, athletes should consider wearing an ankle brace in order to keep the ankle stabilized and alleviate any pain as it heals.

Stress fractures that occur in the foot and ankle come in two types. This includes stable and displaced. Stable stress fractures do not consist of any shifting in bone alignment while displaced stress fractures involve bone ends that do not line up.

Anyone suffering a stress fracture should visit a physician immediately. Most treatment involves refraining from any activities that place extra or undue stress on the ankle, including refraining from participation in any sports. Those interested in a quick recovery need to be mindful of their treatment process and invest in it thoroughly in order to ensure they can return to their passion in full force.

If you have any questions, contact our office in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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