How to treat severe sprained ankles

Ankle sprains are the most common injuries. They often occur when you roll or twist your ankle in an awkward way. Treatment of sprained ankle depends on the severity of the injury. Doctors categorize the severity of sprained ankle in three grades: Grade I sprain, a mildly rolled or twisted ankle; Grade II sprain, tear in some of the ligaments; and Grade III sprain, tear in all ligaments. If an ankle sprain is left untreated, then it may become the reason of several other ongoing ankle problems.


For a Grade I sprain, follow RICE approach:


For at least 72 hours after your ankle injury, avoid the following:

For Grade II sprain, follow RICE approach and allow more time for healing.

Grade III, or a high ankle sprain, is common among athletes involved in football or skiing. This type of pain puts you at risk for permanent ankle instability. If your ankle is still in a lot of pain even after six weeks, you may have a high ankle sprain. Here at Illinois Foot & Ankle Clinic, feet and ankles are what we do! We can help you get the best possible treatment and ensure a fast and full recovery. Same day appointments are available, so give us a call today.

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