The sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries reported to healthcare providers. This is an injury of one of the ligaments in your ankle. Ligaments are present to hold your bones together, they help stabilize the joints but still allow some flexibility. When a sudden twist or blow to the ligament happens it can tear. Ankle sprains can vary in severity; they are classified as grade I, grade II and grade III sprains. In grade I sprains the ligament is usually slightly stretched, grade II the ligament can be partially torn and in grade III the ligament is fully torn.
- Difficulty moving the ankle
- Cracking or popping sounds at time of injury
- Instability of the ankle
Our physical therapists can help evaluate and treat your sprained ankle so that you can return to the activities you enjoy. They may use ice, therapeutic modalities, massage, manual therapy techniques, strengthening/stability exercises and instruct you in proper footwear to help with your recovery.