Lebron James recently missed a game due to tweaking his ankle injury. Did you know NBA players miss 13% of their games due to ankle injuries? The average American doesn’t put the kind of stress on their ankle that Lebron James does when he drives to the basket for a thundering dunk, but still traumatic ankle injuries are very prevalent. An ankle sprain can occur when too much force is applied to the ankle joint and the ligaments are torn or strained. Whether this happens by crossing over your defender in the NBA or stepping off the curb at the supermarket, ankle injuries can be a debilitating injury. Ankle sprains can weaken or tear the ligaments of the ankle joint which can cause pain, swelling, and the inability to walk. If these ligaments are not properly taken care of you can experience chronic, lingering pain. If you have experienced an ankle sprain don’t hesitate to contact a specialist to make sure you don’t experience chronic ankle pain from the injury.
- Grade I Ankle Sprain:
Grade I ankle sprains cause stretching of the ligament. The symptoms tend to be limited to pain and swelling. Most patients can walk without crutches, but may not be able to jog or jump.
- Grade II Ankle Sprain:
A grade II ankle sprain is more severe partial tearing of the ligament. There is usually more significant swelling and bruising caused by bleeding under the skin. Patients usually have pain with walking, but can take a few steps.
- Grade III Ankle Sprain:
Grade III ankle sprains are complete tears of the ligaments. The ankle is usually quite painful, and walking can be difficult. Patients may complain of instability, or a giving-way sensation in the ankle joint.
- RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
- Ankle brace or compressive wrap
- Walking boot or cast with crutches
- Anti-inflammatory meds
- Physical therapy