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Do your ankles hurt anytime you walk? Are they worse first step
in the morning? Maybe you have a history of ankle sprains or
even broken ankles. Have you been told you have ankle arthritis?
Have you been told you need surgery or might even need your
ankles fused? This condition is not that abnormal. In fact, many
people are often not given many options for pain in the ankles
all the time (chronic ankle pain).
What is an ankle sprain?
The bones of the ankle are stabilized by rope-like structures
called ligaments. There are four main ligaments around the
ankle. One group of three ligaments is located on the outer
(lateral) side of the ankle. It is called the lateral ligament
complex. The other ligament is located on the inner (medial)
side of the ankle. It is a thick ligament called the deltoid
ligament. An ankle sprain is a stretching or tearing of these
ligaments. Ankle sprains are relatively common, and lateral
ankle sprains are more common than medial ankle sprains.
What does an ankle sprain feel like?
At the time of the injury, there may be a cracking or tearing
sound. Mild to severe pain usually follows rapidly, followed by
swelling and, in severe cases, inability to weight-bear. Often
there is discoloration or bruising around the injured area. The
ability to move the ankle through its normal range of motion may
be limited by swelling and pain. When these ligaments are
stretched or torn, the ankle may become unstable, and movement
of the ankle joint becomes less controlled.
How are ankle sprains detected?
The assessment of an ankle sprain requires an accurate
determination of the events that surrounded the injury and a
physical examination of the injured ankle, including special
tests of the ligaments. In more severe cases where swelling is
excessive, the injured ankle may need to be evaluated again at a
later date in order to adequately assess the integrity of the
ankle ligaments. Ankle sprains may be classified into one of
three categories: Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3. Grade 1 ankle
sprains involve stretching of the ankle ligaments. Grade 2 ankle
sprains involve stretching and partial tearing of the ligaments.
Finally, Grade 3 ankle sprains, the most severe, involve
complete tearing of the ligaments.
Can an ankle sprain be detected on X-rays?
Damage to the ankle ligaments cannot be seen on x-rays.
However, x-rays may be required to ensure that a fracture
(broken bone) has not occurred. Other diagnostic tests, such as
bone scans, CT scans or MRI's, are not usually required in the
majority of ankle sprains.
How are ankle sprains treated?
The treatment of an ankle sprain depends on the severity of
the injury. Each treatment plan should be individualized.
Initially protection (by use of crutches and/or a brace), rest,
ice, compression and elevation (PRICE) of the injured ankle will
help reduce pain and/or swelling. Medications may also be
required to help reduce pain and swelling.
After an ankle sprain the long-term goal is to return the
individual back to their previous level of activity. Achieving
this goal will depend on the function and stability of the
ankle. A general rehabilitation program, which includes
strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, aerobic
conditioning, technique refinement and proprioceptive
(biofeedback) retraining, is the most important factor in
improving ankle function and stability. Stability may be
improved by an ankle brace.