What is an ankle sprain?
Rolling, twisting, or turning the ankle are examples how one could injure the ankle. A sprained ankle is defined when the ligaments that support the ankle are overstretched and tear. Ankle Sprains range from mild to severe and it’s graded on how badly the ligament is torn.
What are ankle sprain grades?
Grade I – mild stretching of the ankle ligament without joint instability.
Grade II – partial tear (rupture) of the ankle ligament but without joint instability (or with mild instability).
Grade III – a severe sprain: complete rupture of the ankle ligament with instability of the joint.
Symptoms of a sprained ankle:
Symptoms of a sprained ankle include, but not limited to: swelling, tenderness, bruising, pain, inability to put weight on the affected ankle, skin discoloration, and stiffness joint instability.
Treatment of an ankle sprain:
- Rest: stay off your foot by not walking on it to help the ligament heal.
- Ice: apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes every 1 to 2 hours for the first 72 hours post injury to help reduce pain and swelling.
- Compression: and ankle brace will help provide support and control swelling while the ligaments are healing.
- Elevation: propping your foot on pillows or a wedge to keep it above your heart will help reduce pain and swelling.
- Surgery: if ankle sprain is severe surgery maybe needed to repair torn ligament.
- Rehab: Physical therapy at our Clark, NJ facility can help treat your ankle sprain. Pain reduction, range of motion, and joint stability is our main focus.
If you are experiencing an ankle sprain or have had surgery due to an ankle sprain, please call the staff to book an appointment. Our physical therapist can help you enjoy life without pain or suffering.