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Grading of Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

Inadequate care following acute ankle trauma can lead to chronic joint instability. Employing a standardized protocol is essential for effective ankle sprain management. Ankle sprains are categorized from grade I to grade III based on severity. For grade I or II sprains, the focus should be on an accurate diagnosis, preserving range of motion, and employing ankle support. Grade III ankle sprains often involve complete ligament tears, and surgical intervention may be necessary. It is important to note that while early motion and mobility are recommended, it may take several months for ligamentous strength to fully recover after an ankle sprain. If you have hurt your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination, diagnosis, and the necessary treatment that is required to fully heal your ankle.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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