Orthopaedic Conditions- Ankle Sprain

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A sprained ankle occurs following a sudden sideways or twisting movement of the foot. The correct treatment of a sprain can help you quickly recover and prevent future problems. The earlier you treat the sprain, the faster you will recover. Take a hint from the pros: By getting immediate attention, they are back out there in a matter of days. If you do nothing, keep playing and then put some ice on your ankle later that night, you will end up with a sprain that can take weeks or months to heal properly. 

There are two broad categories of ankle sprain: 

Inversion Ankle Sprains 
The most common type of ankle sprain occurs when the foot is inverted, falling inward. When this type of ankle sprain happens, the outer, or lateral, ligaments are stretched too far. There are three ligaments that join to the outer side of the ankle. About 90% of ankle sprains are inversion injuries. Pain is always on the outside of the ankle, and there is usually no pain on the inside of the ankle joint. 

Eversion Ankle Sprains 

The other type of sprained ankle is called an eversion injury, where the foot is twisted outwards. When this occurs, the inner ligament, called the deltoid ligament, is stretched too far. Patients will have pain on the inner side of the ankle. 

The common symptoms connected with ankle sprain are:

  • Position 1- this normally happens due to stretching of ligament. The symptoms show less pain and swelling.
  • Position 2- P1 happens when stretching of ligament, but P2 occurs when the ligament get partial tears. This is a bit serious injury considered with the P1.
  • Position 3- Here the ligament get complete tear. P3 results unbearable pain and swelling. Patients often notice bruising over the area of injury.

Treatment of sprained ankles is important because returning to normal activities in a timely manner is important for most patients. And this timeliness is one of the bottom line of Dr. Mohan.

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