Also referred to as a twisted ankle, rolled ankle and ankle ligament injury, a sprained ankle is a condition that’s characterized by the tearing of one or more ligaments in the ankle. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), approximately 25,000 people develop this condition each day.
While athletes and individuals with high levels of physical activity are places at the highest risk for developing sprained ankles, the truth is that anyone can develop it at any given time. Something as routine as taking a step the wrong way can twist the foot to the point where it tears the ligament. Sprained ankles are especially problematic when a person steps and lands on the side of their foot rather than the bottom, as this naturally stretches the ligaments.
The good contains numerous bones, joints, muscles and tendons, all of which play a role in the body’s normal movement. The ligaments are responsible for securing the bones and joints in place, preventing them from moving around and protecting them from twisting and turning. But like all ligaments, the ligaments in the ankle are elastic and have their own stretching limits. If you happen to stretch the ligaments beyond their normal range, the individual fibers of which they are made may tear; thus, producing a sprained ankle.
There are three different grades of a sprained ankle:
1. Grade I: characterized by microscopic tearing of the collagen fibers that make up the ligament; usually associated with minor inflammation and tenderness.
2. Grade II: full tearing of the ligament but some collagen fibers remain in tact; characterized by moderate inflammation, tenderness, pain and decreased mobility.
3. Grade III: the most severe, Grade III is the complete tearing of the ligament and collagen; characterized by severe inflammation, tenderness, pain and restricted motion.
The most commonly reported symptom of a sprained ankle is swelling. When a sprain occurs, the nearby blood vessels leak fluid into the joint tissue. The area will also be bombarded by white blood cells, which increase the rate of inflammation. An otherwise boney ankle can swell into an almost unrecognizable balloon.
The key thing to remember when recovering from a sprained ankle is to rest. Each time you take a step on your bad ankle, it must hold up the entire weight of your body. This unnecessary stress further promotes additional swelling and inflammation, prolonging your recovery.
A professional chiropractor may also offer some assistance in helping to reduce the recovery time of a sprained ankle. First, the chiropractor will likely perform a physical examination to verify your condition is in fact a sprained ankle. Depending on the severity of the sprain, they may recommend wearing a brace, using an ice compress, performing light stretching, etc
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