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An ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls or twists to the point where a ligament inside stretches beyond its normal capacity. Ankle sprains are extremely common, with an estimated 25,000 sprains happening in the United States every day. Athletes and people who work outdoors or on uneven surfaces are at a higher risk for spraining their ankle. Regular wear of high-heeled shoes is also a risk factor.
Sprained ankles are diagnosed by degree; that is, the severity of the sprain and the symptoms it produces. Grade 1 sprains are the mildest, with minimal swelling and tenderness due to a slight ligament tear. Usually, Grade 1 sprains still allow for weight to be put on the ankle. Grade 2 sprains have a more significant injury to the ligament and, while walking may still be possible, it is painful. Grade 3 sprains are diagnosed when the affected ligament has sustained a complete tear and the ankle cannot bear weight. Grade 3 sprains typically display obvious bruising and swelling around the ankle.
The grade of an ankle sprain will determine the treatment. The tried-and-true RICE method - rest, ice, compression, and elevation - is usually sufficient for Grade 1 sprains. Refraining from walking, keeping the ankle elevated for the first two days, stabilizing the ankle with a compression dressing, and applying ice to reduce swelling helps the sprain resolve within 2 to 4 weeks. Grade 2 sprains also respond well to RICE treatment, although healing typically takes longer and a firmer immobilization device, like a splint, is typically recommended. Grade 3 sprains often require similar treatment used for ankle fractures; a cast or brace may be needed and surgery may be considered for some patients.
To ensure proper healing, it is important to follow the recommendations of your podiatrist. Attempting to return to normal activity too soon could result in a repeat injury or permanent ankle instability.
In the world of sports, injuries are a very real and frightening reality. Sometimes accidental impacts, falls or other circumstances can lead to an injured athlete. These injuries can lay an athlete up for weeks at a time and cause a lot of stress and pain. Luckily there are many different technologies available to help treat these sport injuries and heal the athlete. Although these advancements are great, they don’t always cure a sports injury.
Did you know that there are actually two types of sports injuries? The first type of sports injury is an acute sports injury. These types of injuries happen suddenly while in the middle of a sport or exercise. Sprained ankles, strained backs and fractured hands are all different types of acute sports injuries.
What are the signs of an acute sports injury?
- Severe sudden pain
- Inability to place weight on leg, ankle, knee or foot
- Tender arms, elbows, hands and fingers
- Inability to move joint normally
- Leg or arm weakness
- Bone or joint is out of place
Chronic injuries on the other hand happen after you exercise or play a sport for a long period of time. They can cause an athlete a lot of suffering and misery.
Signs of Chronic Sports Injury
- Pain when you play a sport
- Pain when you exercise
- Dull aching when at rest
If you have a sports injury of any type, it is important that you see a podiatrist right away. If these injuries are left untreated, they can become more severe and have lasting damage.
Does your ankle ache when you run? Is your foot swollen and tender? Have you received a sport related injury and are not sure where to go? Contact Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. There Dr. Andrew H. Cohen can examine, diagnose, and treat your foot or ankle problem. Dr. Cohen and his team are highly trained professionals who put your foot and ankle health first. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Let us support the tool that supports you.
Michael Frazier II of the Florida Gators has missed seven consecutive games due his high ankle sprain. The high scorer has been missed by his team and has not even been cleared to join practice. Coach Billy Donovan has stated that the guard has been experiencing pain while starting stopping and cutting. “I don’t anticipate him playing unless I got some miraculous diagnosis from our trainer and doctor that say he’s cleared to play,” Donovan stated.
Sometimes the opinion of a healthcare professional is required to ensure a sprained ankle is properly healed. If your ankle is sprained, consult with Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer all of your related questions.
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
- Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)
Preventing a Sprain
- Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
- Stretching before exercises and sports
- Knowing your limits can aid in prevention
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 contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.