Severity of an Ankle SprainThe severity of an ankle sprain is classified into three distinct grades:
- A grade 1 ankle sprain is the least severe sprain, where the ankle’s lateral ligaments have been stretched without tear.
- An ankle sprain is classified as grade 2 when there has been partial tearing of one or more of the ligaments.
- The most severe ankle sprain is grade 3, which is when all of the ankle ligaments are completely disrupted and fully torn.
Signs that You Have Sprained Your AnkleYou may have sprained your ankle if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Inability to put weight on the affected ankle
- Restricted range of motion
- Popping sound at the time of injury
Ways to Treat a Sprained AnkleIf you have a mild ankle sprain, there are a number of at-home treatments that can alleviate discomfort you may be experiencing, such as:
- Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen to manage pain
- Elevating the affected ankle with pillows to reduce swelling
- Getting lots of rest and not putting any weight on the ankle
- Using bandages, such as an ACE bandage, to lightly wrap the ankle to manage swelling
- Applying ice for 20–30 minute intervals
In addition to functional support, physicians will also prescribe an exercise-based rehabilitation treatment plan, which significantly reduces the risk of reinjury following an acute ankle sprain.