Ankle Sprain

Conditions / Ankle Pain

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What Is It?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones in your ankle are stretched or torn due to excessive force, often resulting from a fall, ankle roll, or twist.

There are three grades of ankle sprains based on the extent of ligament damage:

Grade 1 (Mild): The ligament fibers are slightly stretched or have a small tear. You may experience minor swelling and tenderness when touching the ankle.

Grade 2 (Moderate): The ligament is partially torn, but not completely. Swelling is present around the injured area, and moving the ankle causes pain.

Grade 3 (Severe): The ligament is completely torn. Significant swelling occurs, and the injury is accompanied by intense pain, making walking difficult.

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Why Is It Happening?

Ankle sprains commonly occur due to rolling or twisting the ankle. The most frequent causes of ankle sprains include:

  • Falling or tripping on uneven surfaces.
  • Landing incorrectly after a jump.
  • Losing balance.
  • Participating in sports that involve foot rolling or twisting, such as basketball, football, soccer, or tennis.
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At Elite Sports Medicine, we can expedite the road to recovery through a variety of modalities including joint mobilization, joint manipulation, dry needling, kinesiotaping, scrapping, and rehabilitation exercises.

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