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Three Grades of Ankle Sprains

Having a sprained ankle can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. It happens when the ankle is suddenly twisted from falling, or from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb. Patients who have had a previous ankle injury may be prone to incurring another one, and wearing shoes that lack adequate support may lead to getting a sprained ankle. This type of injury can be classified into three categories that are referred to as grades. Swelling, soreness, and bruising can indicate a Grade 1 sprain, and recovery time can take up to four weeks. A Grade 2 sprain happens when a ligament in the ankle becomes partially torn, and it is often difficult to walk. A boot may be worn to stabilize the ankle as it heals, which can take up to eight weeks. A Grade 3 sprain is the most serious type of sprain, and happens when the ligament is completely torn. Surgery may be necessary if healing does not gradually occur. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly diagnose and treat ankle sprains.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Jack A. Sasiene, DPM from Texas. 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 offices located in Texas City and Lake Jackson, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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