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Ankle Sprain services offered in Bloomfield Hills and Dearborn, MI

Repeated ankle sprains leave you at risk of ankle instability. At Bloomfield Family Footcare in Bloomfield Hills and Dearborn, Michigan, board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Suha Kassab, DPM, provides comprehensive foot care to treat and prevent ankle sprains. Call Bloomfield Family Footcare today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about care for ankle sprains.

Ankle Sprain Q & A

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle joint twist or stretch at an awkward angle. These ligaments can stretch further than they should or tear completely. The severity of the sprain can impact the degree of damage and the type and duration of treatment. 

Without proper treatment, ankle sprains can permanently impact your mobility. Some sprains are severe enough to require surgery, while others put you at risk of repeated injury.

What are the different grades of ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains can range from mild to severe, depending on the damage to the ligaments. After a complete evaluation, Dr. Kassab may assign your sprain one of the following grades:

Grade 1

A Grade 1 ankle sprain means the ligament is overstretched but intact. You may experience swelling, pain, and soreness, but most people recover within a few weeks. While you may feel comfortable putting weight on your ankle, you should avoid walking to prevent complications and promote healing.

Grade 2

If you have a Grade 2 ankle sprain, the ligament is partially torn. Along with pain, soreness, and swelling, you may not be able to bear weight on your ankle. Most people with Grade 2 sprains experience a limited range of motion in their affected ankle, impacting their mobility.

Grade 3

The most severe type of sprain, a Grade 3 ankle sprain is a complete ligament tear. When your ankle twists, you may hear a popping sound. Severe pain, bruising, and swelling can also occur. You can’t bear weight on your ankle, and the joint itself likely feels unstable.

What are the signs of an ankle sprain?

Recognizing the early signs of an ankle sprain encourages you to seek prompt care. Common symptoms of ankle sprains include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Weakness
  • Difficulty bearing weight
  • Limited range of motion
  • Low mobility

Failing to get treatment for an ankle sprain can result in ankle instability. This type of instability occurs when your ankle ligaments incur repeated damage. Ankle instability leaves you vulnerable to additional sprains and fractures.

What are the treatments for an ankle sprain?

Depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, Dr. Kassab At Bloomfield Family Footcare may recommend:

  • Immobilization (bracing, casting, etc.)
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Shoe modifications
  • R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Crutches 
  • Surgery

To learn more about ankle sprains, call Bloomfield Family Footcare or schedule an appointment online today.