“Ligaments” comprise many individual fibers running parallel to each other and bundled to form a strong fibrous band. These fibrous bands hold your bones together. Just like a rope, when a ligament is stretched too far, it can fray or tear. “Sprain” is the term used to describe this tearing of ligament fibers.
Sprains are graded by the severity of damage to the ligament fibers. A Grade 1 sprain means the ligament has been painfully stretched, but no fibers have been torn. A Grade 2 sprain means some, but not all, of the ligaments’ fibers, have been torn. A Grade 3 sprain means all of the ligaments’ fibers have been torn, and the ligament no longer can protect the joint.
Ankle sprains are the most common soft-tissue injury and will affect up to 20% of active people in their life. Most ankle sprains occur because you have “rolled your ankle” inward. Sprains on the outer side of your ankle are much more common than sprains on the inner side. People who have suffered a prior ankle injury are more likely to suffer subsequent ankle injuries.
Ankle sprains cause pain and swelling over the outside of your ankle. Walking may be difficult, and bruising is common. Be sure to tell your doctor if you experience numbness, tingling, or a dramatic cold sensation in your foot, as this may show more significant injury.
Initially, a period of rest may be necessary in order to help you heal. Mild Grade 1 sprains may allow a return to sport in a couple of days, while more severe injuries may take six weeks or longer to recover. Surgery is rarely necessary.
We offer a variety of treatments to help speed up your recovery including chiropractic, acupuncture, laser therapy, home care stretches, exercises, and more.
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