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Podiatry in Sports: Seahawks’ Germain Ifedi suffering from high ankle sprain

After already sitting out during Seattle’s Week 1 victory over the Miami Dolphins, Seahawks rookie right guard Germain Ifedi is expected to miss at least two more weeks due to a high ankle sprain.

Ifedi, Seattle’s first-round draft pick, suffered the injury early last week, forcing him out of practice a few days before he was set to make his first NFL start against the Dolphins.’s Ian Rapoport tweeted shortly after the injury occurred that Ifedi would miss “a few weeks.”

So how long exactly might Ifedi be out?

At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, has seen numerous high-ankle sprains throughout his tenure in medicine and can offer some insight into Ifedi’s situation based on the information currently available.

High ankle sprains are described as high because they are located above the ankle. They are caused by an outward twisting of the foot and ankle and comprise approximately 15% of all ankle sprains.

According to Dr. Goldbaum, the severity of this injury often depends on how many of these structures are damaged and recovery times can vary from a few weeks to a few months.

High ankle sprains are graded on a scale of 1–3 based on their severity:

Grade 1 (Mild): In mild cases, the ligaments are somewhat stretched, resulting in joint stiffness, muscle weakness or tightness with reduced balance and joint awareness. It takes approximately six weeks for ligaments to heal from a Grade 1 sprain.

Grade 2 (Moderate): In moderate cases, there is significant ligament stretching and sometimes partial tearing. It is far more painful than a mild sprain and can make it difficult to walk. A recovery time of 6 to 12 weeks can be expected.

Grade 3 (Severe): In severe cases, the ligament can completely rupture. There is severe swelling, extensive bruising, and immense pain felt with a Grade 3 sprain. In most cases, a patient will need a screw inserted into their ankle to stabilize the area while it heals. A recovery time of 3 to 6 months can be expected.

“When looking at the information that is out there in the media right now, it’s safe to say that Ifedi is likely suffering from a moderate Grade 1 sprain,” Dr. Goldbaum said. “Although high ankle sprains often prove to be difficult for athletes to overcome, the fact that he likely has no serious tendon or ligament damage bodes well for his future.”

As for when he’ll be able to return to the field, Dr. Goldbaum thinks that Rapoport’s initial report of “a few weeks” is a sound prediction, placing Ifedi’s return sometime around Week 4, when the Seahawks visit the New York Jets.

“He should be healthy enough to return in 2-3 weeks,” he said. “That being said, it’s important to remember that injuries such as this are always worth keeping an eye on throughout the rest of the season. There is a reason that football players often re-injure the same muscles, bones and tendons, and it’s because the initial injuries are never quite return to 100 percent after they’ve occurred. Going forward, it’ll be up to the training staff to make sure that he remains healthy through preventative measures such as ankle taping.”

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