Ankle sprains are the number one injury in athletics. In fact, roughly 30,000 ankles are sprained every day throughout the country. While you’re more likely to sprain your ankle while competing in sports or exercising, it’s still possible for it to happen while going for a simple walk. No matter the cause or severity, the experts at SOFLLEX are here for you with options that foster a speedy recovery.
Types of Ankle Sprains
Ankle sprains are classified into two groups, anatomic and functional. Anatomic focuses on the severity of tissue damage, while the functional category analyzes how much the injury affects mobility. A combination of these categories can help us give you a timeline for recovery.
Grade I – There is no impact on mobility
Grade II – The patient has a limp
Grade III – The patient can’t walk
Grade I – The ligaments were overstretched
Grade II – One or more ligaments were partially torn
Grade III – One or more ligaments have been completely torn
Ankle Sprain Symptoms
- Pain, especially when applying weight to the foot
- Bruising and/or redness
- Decreased range of motion
- Ankle instability
- Swelling and tenderness
- Popping sound
Ankle Sprain Treatments
Before we advise treatment plans, we’ll take an X-ray of the area to rule out the possibility of a fracture. If it is indeed a sprain, the preferred option is self-care and physical therapy. We suggest using the RICE method:
- Rest – Stay off your feet as much as possible
- Ice – Apply an ice pack for around 15 minutes every couple of hours
- Compression – Tightly wrap the ankle in a bandage, but not enough to limit circulation
- Elevation – Keep your ankle above your heart to reduce swelling
In cases when the ankle refuses to heal properly, we might discuss the potential for surgical treatment. However, this is often not necessary.
Do You Need Treatment for an Ankle Sprain in Palm Beach Gardens?
Ankle sprains can be inconvenient and painful, but if you follow the recommendations of Dr. Quinn, you can be back on your feet in no time. If you are experiencing any of the common ankle sprain symptoms, contact us today to make an appointment.