Sprained ankles account for 85% of every 1 million ankle injuries, reports the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Michael Maskill, DPM, and the experienced providers at Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists understand the mechanics of the foot and ankle.

At their offices in Portage and Three Rivers, Michigan, they diagnose, treat, and prevent ankle sprains to strengthen your feet and ankles. Schedule an appointment today by calling Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists or by booking a visit online.

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What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle happens when you twist, roll, or awkwardly land on your ankle. These missteps put a strain on the ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that stabilize the joints in your ankles and feet.

While a sprain can affect any part of your ankle, they’re most commonly seen along the outside of your ankle.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Sprained ankles are common injuries in active adults and children, but you might not realize you have one. It’s best to rest and elevate your ankles if you experience:

  • Swelling around the foot and ankle
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Bruising
  • Reduced mobility
  • Limited range of motion
  • Popping sound in your ankle
  • Ankle pain

The most common sign of a sprained ankle is an inability to bear your weight when standing or walking.

Are there different types of sprained ankles?

A sprained ankle is classified as one of three grades. Which one you’ve suffered will determine the right treatment for you.

Grade 1
A grade 1 ankle sprain means the ligaments around the ankle have been slightly strained or torn. You can experience minor swelling, bruising, or redness, but you can probably bear your weight.

Grade 2
A grade 2 ankle sprain is a partial tear of the ligaments in your ankle. More severe than a grade 1 sprain, this type of sprain typically causes moderate pain, bruising, swelling, and redness. Your ankle likely feels stable, but you might find it difficult to stand on the ankle.

Grade 3
A complete tear of the ligaments in your ankle is a grade 3 sprain. Not only is the ankle unstable, but you can’t bear your weight. In addition to intense pain, your ankle will be severely swollen and bruised.

How do doctors treat a sprained ankle?

Low-grade ankle sprains usually require little more than adequate rest, ice therapy, and elevation. It’s important not to push yourself or put weight on your ankle while it heals.

If your sprain is more severe, Dr. Maskill recommends an immobilizing device, like a splint, to keep your ankle from moving.

In rare instances, surgery is necessary to repair the torn ligaments in your ankle. This is the last resort if more conservative therapies haven’t eased your pain and improved your mobility.

If you’re suffering from ankle instability, you’ll be prone to ankle sprains. Dr. Maskill will likely recommend physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your feet and ankles, which helps relieve pressure and provides much-needed support.

If you’ve sprained your ankle, call Kalamazoo Foot and Ankle Specialists today or book an appointment online to learn more.

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