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Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

A simple misstep can result in a sprained ankle. It happens when the ligaments stretch beyond their normal limits. It is a common injury, and can happen to people from all walks of life. The symptoms that are generally associated with this type of injury include immediate swelling, and bruising, and it can be difficult to walk. Prompt treatment is often necessary to ensure the ankle heals correctly, and it is important to maintain mobility and full range of motion. A lateral ankle sprain happens when the foot rolls inward, and the ligaments are damaged on the outer ankle. There are three grades of ankle sprains that can occur. When the ankle is overstretched slightly, a grade one sprain has occurred. It is often possible to walk with this type of sprain. The symptoms of a grade two sprain include moderate pain, tenderness, and the ankle can be swollen. Walking can be painful, and there is often a loss of range of motion. A grade three sprain consists of a full rupture, and it is impossible to walk. If you have sprained your ankle, please visit a chiropodist as quickly as possible who can determine what the best treatment is for your grade of ankle sprain. 

When one or more ligaments in the ankle overstretch or tear due to injury, an ankle sprain occurs. If you would like to learn more about ankle sprains, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Symptoms of an ankle sprain vary depending on the severity of the injury, but may include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Tenderness

  • Difficulty walking

  • Ankle instability

  • A reduced range of motion in the ankle 

Treatments for an ankle sprain may consist of: 

  • Resting the injured ankle

  • Applying ice

  • Elevating the ankle

  • Compressing the ankle

  • Over-the-counter pain medications

  • Ankle braces or other devices to take weight off of the ankle

  • Ankle exercises 

  • Surgery (in rare cases) 

It’s important for the sprained ankle to heal correctly and fully in order to avoid repeated injury. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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