Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries.  According to the American College of Sports Medicine, it is estimated that 9 million Americans suffer from an ankle sprain each year.   Ankle sprains can happen to anyone, but are more common in physically active people, although, ankle sprains can also happen to fashion conscious women wearing heels.  Often, a sprained ankle requires medical attention, especially severe sprains or fractures.

sprained ankle

There is a large difference in the severity of ankle sprains.

  • Grade 1 ankle sprains are when you mildly roll your ankle.  You may have some mild swelling, bruising and pain.
  • Grade 2 sprains, which are the most common, result in a tear of some of the ankle ligaments.  These result in more swelling, bruising and pain.
  • Grade 3 sprains are the most severe, where all the ligaments are torn.
    • Ankle fractures are sometimes misdiagnosed as Grade 3 sprains, as they are harder to detect with the amount of swelling and pain present.
  • High ankle sprains are also common in athletes.  You can sprain the ligament that is above the ankle joint and between the two lower leg bones, which often takes longer to heal.

Common symptoms of an ankle sprain are:

  • Sudden pain and swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain with touch
  • Inability to walk or limping
  • Limited ankle range of motion

Some simple home remedies include RICE:

  • Rest
  • Icing
  • Compression with an elastic compression bandage
  • Elevation
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen and naproxen

If you roll your ankle, you may have a severe or high ankle sprain!  You might even have a fracture.  In order to make sure you get a proper diagnosis so that you get the right treatment quickly, give us a call at 816-943-1111 to see an ankle specialist at Kansas City Foot and Ankle.  Getting evaluated and treated quickly can help avoid permanent damage to your ankle!