Ankle sprains make up three-quarters of all ankle injuries. If you experience an ankle sprain, Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills, California, offer fast treatment to prevent your injury from progressing to a debilitating issue. The team is ready to help, so call the office nearest to you or schedule an appointment online today.
An ankle sprain is an injury in one of your ankle ligaments, the connective tissues that link bones. Nearly 25% of sports injuries are outer ankle sprains, but you can also injure the inner ankle or the high ankle.
Ankle sprains happen if you twist your ankle joint too far or fold over onto the joint. Accidents are the leading cause of ankle sprains. This injury often happens while playing sports but can also occur when you trip, stumble, step down, or fall.
Ankle sprains can be serious injuries, and they may heal quite slowly without treatment.
There are three grades of ankle sprain, with increasing symptoms in each. These include:
A grade I ankle sprain occurs with minimal ligament stretching but no tearing. You’ll usually experience mild pain and swelling with a grade I ankle sprain but no bruising, and you can generally stand without difficulty.
A grade II ankle sprain occurs with a partial ligament tear. Common symptoms include moderate pain, stiffness, and swelling, and you may develop bruises. A grade II ankle sprain usually causes difficulty standing and walking.
A grade III ankle sprain is a complete ligament tear. This injury causes severe pain, swelling, bruising, and stiffness. With a grade III ankle sprain, you usually can't bear weight or walk at all.
Even minor ankle sprains require treatment, as an untreated sprain is a significant risk factor for future acute ankle injuries.
Start the RICE immediately at home after an ankle injury (rest, ice, compression wrap, and elevation). However, call and schedule an appointment at Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists as soon as possible.
Studies show that RICE only helps for the first day or so post-injury. If used as the only treatment method for more extended periods, RICE can prolong your recovery. Your treatment may vary based on the grade of your sprain. Common treatments include:
If you have recurrent ankle sprains, you could develop severe ankle instability that could threaten your mobility long-term. In that situation, the team can discuss surgical ankle repair options with you.
Book your appointment by calling Artisan Foot and Ankle Specialists or scheduling online today.