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Ankle Sprains

What is an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle Sprains are one of the most common orthopaedic injuries and are caused when the ankle is abnormally turned inward (inversion) or outward (eversion).  The bones of the ankle are connected by strong ligaments. When the ankle is twisted, the ligaments are damaged and this is considered to be an ankle sprain. This injury most often occurs during sports but can also be the result of something as simple as missing a stair or a fall.  

If you have an Ankle Sprain you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain and tenderness in the ankle
  • Difficulty bearing weight

How is an Ankle Sprain Treated at OSS Health?

The treatments for Ankle Sprains can vary based on the severity of the sprain as there are several different grades of ankle sprains.

Grade 1 (Mild). Slight stretching or tearing of a ligament.

Grade 2 (Moderate). Partial tearing of the ligament.

Grade 3 (Severe). The complete tearing of the ligament.

If you sustain an Ankle Sprain, it is important to contact one of the Board Certified Foot and Ankle Specialists at OSS Health to determine the severity of the sprain.  Continuing to bear weight on the ankle, improper rest and continuing activity can cause the sprain to progress in severity.

Typical treatment options at OSS Health can include:

  • Immobilization (crutches, a cast, a splint, or a removable boot)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical Therapy

Surgery is generally not needed so long as the ankle ligament remains intact.

Disclaimer: If this is a medical emergency, please dial 911 or report to your nearest emergency room.

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