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Ankle Sprains

December 14, 2015

As kids start to get more active they can find themselves injuring their body more. Some sports are more susceptible to certain 2275_imagekinds of injuries based on the movements that an individual would be doing. That doesn’t mean that is the only injury one can receive while participating. One of the most common injuries linked to sports that involve running, jumping, sudden movements, and sometimes just walking (can’t leave the simple stuff out either) – is ankle injuries, and sprains is among the highest.

A sprained ankle happens when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn. Sprained ankles can happen when you step in a hole, slip walking downhill, or just put your weight down on your foot awkwardly while in intense situations (like sports).

Sprains can range from minor setbacks, to major injury of the ligaments. Three grades of injury have been set in place to give one an idea of where they stand.

Grade 1 – This is a mild sprain where ligaments stretch slightly. This will cause some soreness and possibly some swelling.

Grade 2 – This is a moderate sprain where ligaments tear partly, making the ankle joint feel loose. This will be painful, and may stay swollen for a while. Putting weight on the foot can be difficult. We also may mention that pain is different depending on one’s tolerance ability.

Grade 3 –This is the most severe kind of sprain, where an ankle ligament tears completely. The ankle joint will be very painful, with noticeable swelling. The ankle will feel loose and unsteady and early on the person probably won’t be able to put any weight on the ankle. In this case it is also not a good idea to try and push through as more serious damage can occur.

Most ankle sprains happen when people turn or twist too fast and too far, or when the foot rolls onto its side, injuring the ligaments that connect the ankle and leg bones. This is why sports are very high in ankle sprain injuries. However, you don’t have to be playing hard to injure an ankle: sprains can happen just from taking an awkward step or tripping on the stairs. No matter what you are feeling, it is always a great idea to call our office and see what we can do for immediate help!

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