People often sprain their ankles by landing on their foot wrong. The ankle twists or rolls in a way that isn’t normal for the ankle. Many ankle injuries are not serious but should be cared for properly to make sure they heal correctly. A sprained ankle can lead to long-term damage if the ankle pain is ignore and not treated.
Sprained ankles can be categorised in three grades depending on the type of injury, the pain and swelling involved as well as the length of recovery time.




Grade One


Grade one sprained ankles result in a slight twisting of the ankle. It could have occurred while walking and stepping down on an uneven surface. There’s only a slight bit of swelling, and it doesn’t require a cast. It might be painful to bear the weight fully on the injured ankle.

Treatment and Recovery


The typical treatment for a grade one sprain is rest and a bit of ice on the ankle. Once the ankle is healed enough for walking, some light stretching exercises will help strengthen the ankle. It shouldn’t take more than a day or two to be able to walk normally.


Grade Two


This second grade of ankle sprain comes from sports, running or other strenuous activity where the ankle twists and ligaments tear. The ligaments hold the ankle in position and when they tear, there is limited mobility in the ankle. A grade two sprain will be tender to the touch, and the ankle will swell. The ankle will need to be immobilised while it heals.

Treatment and Recovery

After the initial injury, ice and elevation are the key to relieving pain and swelling. Ice shouldn’t be applied directly to the skin and shouldn’t be left on more than ten minutes at a time.

air-cast-ankle-brace-training-adult-right-630-6825-0082-lrThe ankle should be bound with a bandage to restrict movement and support the torn ligaments. A grade two injury will require longer for recovery than a grade one and physical therapy may be needed.


Grade Three

A grade three sprained ankle is the most serious and happens when significant force is used on the ankle that results in a tearing of the ligaments. In some cases, the ligaments might tear or rupture completely. The sprained ankle cannot bear any weight, and is often grossly swelled and tender to the touch. This can be confused with a broken ankle and requires x-rays.

Treatment and Recovery

The ankle will need to be completely immobilised and elevated constantly. Ice can help reduce inflammation and pain. A grade three sprain should be seen by a doctor who can diagnose and offer treatment options.Physical therapy is often prescribed for this type of serious injury.

Sometimes, surgery is needed to reconstruct the torn ligaments. It can take weeks to months of recovery time after a grade three ankle sprain.


While stepping off a curb the wrong way can result in an unexpected ankle injury, most ankle sprains can be avoided with proper precautions. When walking or running, be alert to changes in the terrain so you can avoid holes or bumps in the road. An ankle needs proper support when working out or walking long distances, make sure to have good footwear.

Sprained ankles should be examined by a doctor to determine the course of treatment. It will include rest, ice and compression at first, but after a few days of recovery, exercises and stretching of the ankle will help bring about a full recovery.

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