Ankle Sprain Specialist
Ankle sprains – This is one of the most common sports injuries. Prompt evaluation and treatment by one of our foot and ankle doctors is important… sometimes that “sprain” is actually an
THREE TYPES OF ANKLE SPRAINS: DEGREES OF SEVERITY CAN VARY
BY BETTERBRACES EDITOR
Ankle sprains are a common injury. While this injury occurs quite often, the degree of severity can vary person to person. If you know the signs and symptoms of each degree of ankle sprain, you’ll be able to find the proper treatment you need. A sprained ankle can occur quite easily. Just a quick sideways or twisting movement is all it takes to sprain an ankle. Athletes aren’t the only ones at risk. Everyday activities can lead to an ankle sprain. An uneven surface or clumsy step can lead to this most common ankle injury. Understanding the injury and the degrees of an ankle sprain will get you on the road to a fast recovery.
HOW AN ANKLE CAN GET SPRAINED
Any movement that suddenly twists the foot beyond the natural range of motion can cause an ankle sprain such as…
- Landing wrong when jumping or running on to an uneven surface.
- Stepping off a curb wrong
- Slipping on ice
- Tripping on a hole in the ground
WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE ANKLE
When an ankle is sprained, the ankle bone itself is uninjured. It is the ligaments surrounding the ankle bone that suffer. Ligaments are structures in every joint in the body that help control the joint’s movement. The ligament will become injured if it is stretched too far and could result in a partial or complete tear. There are two different types of an ankle sprain.
- The inversion ankle sprain is the most common type of sprain and occurs when the foot falls inward and stretches the outer ligaments too far. Pain occurs on the outside of the ankle and not on the inside of the ankle.
- The eversion ankle sprain occurs when the foot is twisted outwards and the inner ligament is stretched too far. Pain will occur on the inside, and not the outside, of the ankle.
THE SEVERITY OF THE ANKLE SPRAIN
First degree symptoms – a first degree ankle sprain is when the ligaments have been stretched but not torn. Symptoms include:
- Mild pain
- Some swelling
- Some joint instability
- Mild joint stiffness
- Difficulty jogging or jumping
Second degree symptoms – a second degree ankle sprain is the most common of ankle injuries and is a partial tearing of the ligament. Symptoms include:
- Significant swelling
- Moderate pain
- Some loss of motion or use of the ankle
- Trouble walking
Third degree symptoms — a third degree ankle sprain is the most severe of ankle injuries. With this sprain, the ligament has been torn completely. Symptoms include:
- Severe swelling
- Severe pain
- Instability of the joint
- Extreme loss of motion
- Walking can be quite painful
TREATMENT FOR ANKLE SPRAINS
- Rest – especially in the first 24 to 48 hours
- Ice – for the first 48 hours for 20 minutes at a time
- Compression – wear a brace or a wrap that is snug, but not cutting off circulation
- Elevate – above the heart as often as possible
The RICE method is quite effective in treating a sprained ankle, but if you are looking for more stability and comfort while walking, a brace may be what you need. The Aircast Air-stirrup Ankle Brace is the #1 doctor prescribed ankle brace in history and has been cited in more than 100 medical journals for its superior performance in helping to heal ankle injuries. Each brace has anatomically designed shells lined with the patented Duplex aircell system that provides support and produce graduated compression during ambulation.
THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF ANKLE INJURIES
An ankle sprain is a very common injury. If you think you may be suffering from an ankle sprain, be sure to review your symptoms with your doctor to determine if you are in fact suffering from an ankle sprain, what degree of ankle sprain you are dealing with, and what the proper treatment is that will put you on the road to a quick recovery.
BRACES FOR ANKLE SPRAINS
- Grade I Sprain: Aircast A60
- Grade II Sprain: Aircast Airsport
- Grade III Sprain: Aircast Airselect Short Walking Boot or walking cast
Please visit any of our 7 Chicago land location and see our friendly and knowledgeable , most qualified doctors and staff to treat your ankle sprain on time , to avoid long term future complications and even possible surgery to correct improper healed torn ankle ligaments and tendons .
Call for appointment today (773) 205-0106
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