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Ankle Sprain

What is an Ankle Sprain?

Excessive motion in the ankle is prevented by the stabilization of the ankle joint, which is provided by ligaments. When these ligaments are given excessive flexion; beyond the range they move naturally, the movement of the ankle will deviate from the regular joint movement. A plantar flexion or inversion movement of the joint; or a movement of the foot about its ankle joint in a downward-inward direction is the most common means of ankle sprain. They disarray or tear up the trio of main outer ankle ligaments, depending on how serious the sprain is. All kinds of ankle fractures and injuries can occur from severe ankle sprains, as can displacement of the joint.

Depending on the damage caused to the ligaments, ankle sprains have three different categories:

Grade 1: The ligament is partially torn.

Grade 2: The ligament is incompletely torn and there is moderate loss of function.

Grade 3: The ligament is completely torn and its integrity lost.

 

Treatment for Ankle Sprain

 

Depending on the grade of ligamentous injury, there are various treatments.

For grade 1 injuries, compressing and elevating the injury, applying ice packs, and being well-rested is usually advised. It’s important to reduce your physical activity also. Medicine to reduce inflammation (with the exception of steroids) to reduce pain can be used.

For grade 2 injuries, the treatment steps used in grade 1 injuries are supplemented by support, such as an air cast, an elastic bandage, or a stabilizer.

For grade 3 injuries, it is necessary to suppress movement as much as possible, which can be achieved by a temporary walking boot or a cast of plaster and crutches. It’s possible for a sprain to require surgery, but this is usually not the case.

Here at the Foot & Ankle Experts use a range of techniques to get you up and running as soon as possible.

The first step is coming in for an assessment.

If the sprain is non major, we will be able to provide treatment of PBM laser therapy to help reduce the swelling and significantly boost the healing process.
We then can set you up in a moonboot and crutches.

If the sprain is something more major. We will be able to set your leg into a cast and get you on your way with a moon boot and crutches.