Sprained Ankle Treatment

One of our patients came for a sprained ankle treatment. Observe the bruising on the left outer foot and toes. Can you see some swelling as compared to the right leg? It's painful to walk with a sprained ankle injury. I can only imagine the pain when taking the first few steps from the bed or chair. Ouch!

Before beginning any sprained ankle treatment, we will list the key facts on how to treat a sprained ankle before you make a decision about self-treatment or whether you need a sprained ankle doctor to treat you.

What are the different types of a sprained ankle?
There are three types of sprained ankle. Below we describe the three types of a sprained ankle, severity and treatments you can do yourself and what we offer to speed up recovery.

The first and most common type of a sprained ankle is called an inversion sprain. An inversion sprained ankle results from landing the foot unevenly on the outer foot that causes the ankle to twist inward forcefully.

The second type of sprained ankle which is often severe and rare is called the eversion sprained ankle. Unlike the inversion sprain, the eversion sprain is the opposite of an inversion sprain which results in twisting the ankle outwards.

The third type of sprained ankle is called a diastasis. A diastasis usually accompanies an inversion sprain. With a diastasis, you can get a sprained ankle on both the lower and upper part of your ankle. Not good!

What do all three types of sprained ankles have in common?
Sprained ankles result from a quick, forceful twisting of the ankle that causes ligaments to strain or tear. All sprained ankles will usually result in pain, difficulty walking, swelling and in more severe cases bruising will be experienced within 24 to 72 hours.

How to Determine the Severity of a Sprained Ankle?
There are three grades of sprained ankles. Each grading number describes the level of severity. The higher the degree, the more severe the sprained ankle symptoms. I will detail for you what each sprain grade so you can get an idea the type of sprain you may have.

Signs and Symptoms Grade 1 Sprained Ankle
☑ There's Usually No Bruising
☑ Mild Ankle Swelling Is Common
☑ May Have Little Or No Limping Due To Pain For Two Days
☑ Can Tiptoe But With Pain
☑ Average Recovery From Grade 1 Sprained Ankle Can Take Up To Two Weeks

Signs and Symptoms Grade 2 Sprained Ankle
☑ Bruising On One Side Of The Foot
☑ Obvious Swelling Around The Ankle
☑ Noticeable Limping For Up To Two Weeks
☑ Unable To Tiptoe

Signs and Symptoms Grade 3 Sprained Ankle
☑ Bruising On Both Sides Of The Ankle
☑ Pronounced Swelling On Both Sides Of The Sprained Ankle
☑ Bearing Weight On The Sprained Ankle Is Very Painful Making Most Movement Quite Impossible
☑ Average Recovery From Grade 3 Sprained Ankle Can Take Up To 6 Months

Sprained Ankle Recovery Time (Average)
☑ Average Recovery From Grade 1 Sprained Ankle Can Take Up To Two Weeks
☑ Average Recovery From Grade 2 Sprained Ankle Can Take Up To Two Months
☑ Average Recovery From Grade 3 Sprained Ankle Can Take Up To 6 Months

What Can You Do Before Seeking Treatment For A Sprained Ankle?
The "PRICE" protocol is helpful during the first 24 to 72 hours of the sprained ankle. Each letter of the word PRICE stands for a different word. If the sprained ankle does feel weak or painful, then you probably would not need the "P" or "protect" part of the protocol. Some call the "RICE" which is also easy to remember if you have a sprained ankle.

P- protect the ankles from further twisting with a splint or firm bandage
R- rest the ankle by reducing the amount of weight put on the ankle. In the absence of a fracture, weight bearing on the injured ankle as soon as the pain can be tolerable seems to speed up the healing process of the tendons and ligaments.
I- putting ice on the painful ankle for 20 minutes once every 2 hours will help reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
C- light compression with a bandage or elastic wrap or Kinesio taping can help to control swelling.
E- elevation of the foot reducing swelling of the ankle

Causes Of Sprained Ankle
☑ A common cause of a sprained ankle is a traumatic incident or accident from falling or stepping on an uneven surface.
☑ Some patients have an unresolved or recurrent sprained ankle, and the slightest imbalance or trip can cause a sprained ankle. These patients generally have a poor balance or proprioception. We are very successful at evaluating and treating such cases.
☑ Most are unaware that the subluxation or misalignment of the subtalar joint can also result in a sprained ankle
Weak muscles and ligaments of the ankle can also cause a sprained ankle.

Options To Choose For Sprained Ankle Treatment
☑ You should know the best time for a doctor to examine a sprained ankle occurs within 60 Minutes of the injury. Afterwards, ankle swelling usually increases.
☑ A licenced chiropractor, TCM practitioner, or medical doctor can order an x-ray which may be required, especially in a Grade 3 sprained ankle rule out a fracture.
☑ A medical doctor may also give you pain killer drugs or anti-inflammatories to manage your pain.
☑ You may also find a Sprained Ankle TCM Practitioner. But do find a competent licensed practitioner to avoid any risk of further damage to your ligaments.

Sprained Ankle Treatments We Offer
Our goal for treating the sprained ankle is to reduce pain to so you walk out of our office feeling better. Below list various modalities we use for a sprained ankle.
☑ Muscle assessment for weakness post injury and correction
☑ Cold laser therapy to reduce pain and reduce the need for pain drugs
☑ PEMF or Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy to improve blood circulation and speed up the healing of fractured bones and ligament tears
☑ Kinesio Taping provides support, reduces swelling and allows mobility of the ankle during recovery
☑ Spinal and ankle adjustments to ensure proper alignment allowing faster healing and prevent recurrent sprained ankles
☑ Home and in-office Rehab exercise to strengthen the ankle ligaments and promote better balance  

Call us at 6475-2646 or Whatsapp us at 9027-8659 for an appointment, if you have sprained ankle or a recurrent sprained ankle you wish to avoid.