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An ankle sprain is a common injury of the ankle that often occurs when you step wrong or make a poor landing. The orthopedic experts at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates in Daly City, California, provide treatment for sprained ankles and can help get you back to doing the things you love in no time. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.
Your ligaments provide stability for your ankle and help control movement. A sprained ankle is a stretch or tear of the ligaments that occurs when the tissue gets stretched beyond its limit from a poor landing or twist of your foot.
While an ankle sprain can be a momentary injury that causes limited pain, it can also lead to permanent joint instability. Getting the right treatment for your sprained ankle can help ensure you heal quickly and prevent further damage.
Sprained ankles are classified based on the degree of injury and the necessary treatment.
Grade 1 is a mild ankle sprain that causes a slight stretching of your ligament. You may also experience some tenderness and swelling with this type of injury. A Grade 1 ankle sprain is treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, also referred to RICE.
A Grade 2 ankle sprain means you have a small tear in your ligament. Your orthopedist may be able to diagnose a Grade 2 sprain if there’s notable looseness, or lack of control, during the examination of your ankle. Grade 2 ankle sprains require immobilization for a period of time to allow for the ligament to heal. Your orthopedist also recommends RICE.
A Grade 3 sprain is severe and means you’ve completely torn your ligament. You may experience significant pain and swelling with a Grade 3 ankle sprain. This type of sprain increases your risk of permanent damage and instability.
To assist in the healing process, your orthopedist may recommend complete immobilization with a cast or brace. Surgery may also be necessary for a Grade 3 ankle sprain.
Patience and time are necessary during your recovery from your ankle sprain. While you may be anxious to get back to your usual activities, especially if you’re an athlete with a sports injury, you need to give your ankle the time and rest it needs to heal to prevent further damage.
Your orthopedist at Peninsula Orthopedic Associates is an expert in ankle sprains and will do everything possible to help you heal.
If you have a sprained ankle or think you do and need expert care, call Peninsula Orthopedic Associates today or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.