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Three Types of Ankle Sprains

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Ankle sprains are common injuries classified into three types based on their degree and severity. A first-degree sprain is the mildest form, involving slight stretching or microscopic tearing of the ligament fibers. Symptoms include mild pain, swelling, and stiffness, with little to no instability in the ankle joint. A second-degree sprain is more severe, characterized by partial tearing of the ligament. This type results in moderate pain, swelling, and bruising, with some difficulty bearing weight and noticeable instability in the ankle. The most severe is a third-degree sprain, where the ligament is completely torn. This causes significant pain, swelling, and bruising, in addition to a substantial loss of function and stability in the ankle. Recovery times vary depending on the severity, with mild sprains healing within a few weeks and severe sprains potentially taking several months. If you have suffered a sprained ankle, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what type of sprain you have endured, and offer correct treatment for it. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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