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Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

Having a sprained ankle can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. It happens when the ankle is suddenly twisted from falling, or from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb. Patients who have had a previous ankle injury may be prone to incurring another one, and wearing shoes that lack adequate support may lead to getting a sprained ankle. This type of injury can be classified into three categories that are referred to as grades. Swelling, soreness, and bruising can indicate a Grade 1 sprain, and recovery time can take up to four weeks. A Grade 2 sprain happens when a ligament in the ankle becomes partially torn, and it is often difficult to walk. A boot may be worn to stabilize the ankle as it heals, which can take up to eight weeks. A Grade 3 sprain is the most serious type of sprain, and happens when the ligament is completely torn. Surgery may be necessary if healing does not gradually occur. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly diagnose and treat ankle sprains.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor 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 our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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