What is it?
- varying degrees of tearing of the ligaments around the ankle joint
- 1st degree: "mild" sprain; mild
stretching of usually one ligament; mild pain and disability, weight bearing
minimally impaired, tenderness and swelling present but minimal with no joint
- 2nd degree: "moderate" sprain;
usually a complete tear of one ligament, with a stretch or tear of a second
ligament; moderate pain and disability, weight bearing difficult, tenderness,
swelling, and bleeding in the joint, joint laxity is present
- 3rd degree: "severe" sprain; varying
tears in three major ligaments as well as the joint capsule; severe pain, weight
bearing not possible, lots of swelling and discoloration, major joint laxity
How's it happen?
- most commonly inversion (ankle rolls so
that the sole turns in), but can also be an eversion sprain (ankle rolls out)
- a result of walking/running on an
- stepping into a hole
- jumping up and coming down on the foot of
What do you do about it?
- depends on the severity (degree) of the
- within the first 48 hours: RICE
(rest, ice, compression, & elevation)
- may need surgery, immobilization,
crutches, lateral support
- treatment, rehab, and return to activity
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