Lateral Ankle Sprain

A Lateral (outer) Ankle Sprain refers to a tear of one or more of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle that provide stability.

Grade 1 Ankle Sprain
Cause stretching of the Anterior Talofibular ligament. This commonly occurs when the foot and ankle are forcibly rolled inwards. The symptoms tend to be limited to pain and swelling. Most patients can walk without crutches, but may not be able to jog or jump.

Grade 2 Ankle Sprain
This more severe tearing of the ligament. There is usually significant swelling and bruising caused by bleeding under the skin. Patients usually have pain with walking, but can take a few steps.

Grade 3 Ankle Sprain
Is when a complete tears of the ligaments occur. The ankle is usually quite painful, and walking can be difficult. Patients may complain of instability, or a giving-way sensation in the ankle joint.

Management of this injury should include the RICE regime (rest, ice, compression and elevation), strengthening of the ankle muscles, bracing and balance retraining.

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