Sprains are generally associated with a traumatic event involving the ankle rolling in or out too much. There are three grades of sprains from mild (tenderness and limping) to severe (bruising, swelling, inability to bear weight).
What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?
Ankle sprains are typically caused by a trauma. Most of the time, you will know exactly when and how you hurt their ankle. Initially you will feel extreme pain, have instant swelling and will have mild to excessive bruising. Bearing weight, walking, standing and ankle side to side movements will be painful for several days to weeks depending on the severity of the sprain.
What causes an ankle sprain?
Nine out of ten ankle sprains occur when the ankle rolls outwards and the outside ankle bone gets closer to the floor. Not only do the ankle bones and ligaments get injured, but the bones and ligaments in the foot are also irritated and add to the pain experienced with an ankle sprain.
How do you treat ankle sprains?
The most pain-relieving thing that can be done to a sprained ankle is to realign the tarsal (ankle) bones. This is the source of the very sharp pain. A series of ankle adjustments may be made to restore the proper movements in the tarsal bones. The ligaments and injured tendons of the foot respond well to Active Release Techniques. Ligaments will heal and can become non-painful within 3-8 weeks. However, it will take 6 months to a year for the integrity of the ankle ligaments to return to near normal levels.