Ouch! Ankle Sprain

A sprained ankle is something that a good number of athletic people will face. Knowing what to do in the event it happens to you will mean you can get back in the action of what you love to do even quicker.

A sprain is simply the tearing or over-stretching of a ligament. The most common way that an ankle is sprained is when the ankle is weight-bearing such as in running, and turns under so the sole of the foot is facing inwards. The weight of the body is suddenly shifted and ligaments on the outside of the ankle tear or pull in response.

There are three degrees to a common ankle sprain.

1st Degree – Indicates light tearing and there is almost no joint instability. Mild pain and mild swelling will be noticed.

2nd Degree – Moderate tear and some instability of the joint will be noted. Moderate to severe pain and there will difficulty walking on the ankle. Swelling will be very noticeable.

3rd Degree – Complete rupture of the ligament, extreme instability of the joint will also be apparent. Severe pain will usually turn into no pain felt whatsoever but the swelling of the area will be severe.

A sprain, especially if it is suspected to be second or third degree should be seen by a medical professional as quickly as possible. Until you can get in to be seen, put cold on the area to minimize swelling and keep it mobilized to stop any further damage from being done. Using R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) will do wonders for relieving pain and swelling until you can get the injury diagnosed professionally.