Ankle sprain is an isolated trauma to the ligamentous apparatus of the foot, namely, microfractures of individual fibers. They occur as a result of sudden movements exceeding the physiological amplitude of the ligaments. More often, ankle sprains might happen when the lower limb falls or twists while the body weight is transferred to one leg. This can happen due to movement on a slippery floor or due to footwear of a poor quality.
Ankle sprain is not a very serious injury, but it provokes considerable inconvenience and severely restricts the mobility. Therefore, it is very important to undergo a proper treatment in Orlando to achieve full healing and prevent recurrence, as well as to avoid critical consequences.
The first sign of the ankle sprains is acute pain that happens at the time of damage and can be also manifested by a click if a large number of fibers is damaged. Also, the site of damage begins to swell and because of this, it is possible to visually recognize this process, which can be both local and general. Sometimes, ankle sprains can be accompanied by hemorrhage or so called hematomas. Because of the above-mentioned symptoms, movement in the joint is significantly limited and requires treatment.
Depending on the stage of the disorder, the signs vary:
- The 1st stage is characterized by soreness, swelling, but hematomas are absent at this time. The oedema is insignificant, there is no bleeding. Movement in the ankle joint is slightly limited.
- The 2nd stage of ankle sprain is characterized by puffiness and bruises. The mobility of the joint is significantly limited, and sometimes our specialists observe reduced stability. There are complaints of moderate pain.
- The 3rd degree is distinguished by a sharp soreness, massive edema and hematomas. Joint movement is significantly limited or abnormal mobility may be observed.
Treatment of an Ankle Sprain
In Orlando Medical Center “Touch of Health”, medical care includes pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs. Local therapy with gels gives a good effect, and is often included into the treatment plan. The prescribed drug is rubbed into the damaged area 3-4 times a day and a bandage is applied on the ankle sprain.
Remedial physiotherapy of sprains and other pathologies helps with quick and high-quality recovery. Furthermore, such treatment reduces the risk of severe complications to maximum after traumas.