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Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

The foot injury that is known as an ankle sprain often produces severe pain and discomfort. It can occur as a result of suddenly twisting the ankle beyond its normal range, which can affect the ligaments. There are three types of ankle sprains. These are categorized into grades, with grade one consisting of minor ligament tears. The patient is often able to walk, and may experience minimal pain. Bruising and swelling may accompany a grade two sprain that is often tender when touched. A complete ligament tear can be indicative of a grade three sprain which makes walking difficult. Many ankle sprains can be prevented when you wear shoes that fit properly, and it can help to warm up and cool down before and after exercising. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with proper treatment techniques.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Long Island. Our doctors 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 Port Jefferson Station, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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