Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries in sports medicine. While an ankle sprain may not seem like a major injury at first, Javeria Hussaini, DPM, understands how quickly this common injury can turn into a chronic condition. At her practice in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Dr. Hussaini diagnoses and treats every grade of ankle sprain to keep you moving without pain. If you’re struggling with ankle pain, call or book an appointment online today for a full evaluation.
An ankle sprain occurs when your ankle rolls or twists in a way that stretches the ligaments. In some cases, the ligaments in your ankle can tear either partially or completely, leading to pain and discomfort.
The ligaments in your ankle stabilize your joints and prevent excess movement in the ankle. When these ligaments stretch or tear, your ankle is no longer as stable as it should be, causing pain and injury.
It can be hard to tell if you have a sprained ankle at first, as the severity a sprain can vary. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain include:
If you suspect you have a sprained ankle, schedule a visit with Dr. Hussaini right away for a comprehensive evaluation.
The grade of your ankle sprain depends on the severity of the tear in your ligaments. There are three grades of ankle sprains:
This includes stretching or mild tearing of the ligaments in your ankle. If you have mild pain, tenderness, and swelling, but can still walk without too much discomfort, you can typically treat a grade 1 ankle sprain with rest, ice, and elevation.
If you have a grade 2 ankle sprain, the ligaments in your ankle are partially torn but still intact. While your ankle still feels fairly stable, it likely hurts to put pressure on it.
A grade 3 ankle sprain is a complete tear of the ligaments in your ankle. Along with severe pain and discomfort, you likely can’t put pressure on your ankle without extensive pain. The ankle will feel unstable.
An untreated ankle sprain doesn’t always heal as it should and can become a chronic condition. To avoid chronic ankle sprains, Dr. Hussaini may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your ankles and feet.
This can help stabilize the ankle and relieve pressure from your ligaments. Certain exercises and stretches also help restore flexibility in your ankle after a sprain.
While your ankle heals, Dr. Hussaini may fit you for an ankle brace, bandage, or cast to stabilize it and prevent further injury.
Most people with ankle sprains don’t require surgery, but a complete tear of the ligaments or chronic sprains sometimes requires surgical intervention. If the ligaments in your ankle aren’t healing as they should, Dr. Hussaini can perform surgery to repair the damaged tissue.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hussaini for a comprehensive consultation, call the office or schedule a visit online today.