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How Severe Is My Ankle Sprain?

Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

Sprained ankles generally occur when a ligament in the ankle is overstretched or torn. This may happen from any sudden twisting or turning of the ankle. Sprains are typically categorized into one of three types based on how severe the injury is. A Grade 1 ankle sprain occurs when the ligament is strained but not torn. Symptoms include mild pain, slight swelling, joint instability, mild joint stiffness, and difficulty jogging or jumping. A Grade 2 ankle sprain occurs when the ligament is partially torn, and this is usually the most common type of ankle sprain. Symptoms include significant swelling, bruising, moderate pain, a reduced range of motion, and trouble walking. A Grade 3 ankle sprain occurs when a ligament is torn completely. Symptoms include severe swelling, pain, joint instability, loss of motion, and extreme difficulty walking. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can determine the severity of an ankle sprain and provide the right treatments for you. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Henderson Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lancaster and Willow Street, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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