Spraining your ankle can be a mild frustration or it can be a debilitating injury, depending on its severity...but it can be tough to know exactly what you’re dealing with on your own. At Synergy Foot and Ankle, we can remove any guesswork from the situation and give you a clear idea of the extent of your sprain, while crafting a treatment plan that sees you back on your feet and once again enjoying your full quality of life.

If you think you might have a sprained ankle or are just interested in learning more about what Synergy Foot and Ankle can do for you, reach out to us at our McKinney office and set up your consultation with a member of our team today.

What Is an Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissue—similar to rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, your ligaments provide vital stability by limiting side-to-side movement.

Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments.

Grading Your Ankle Sprain

Most sprains can be assessed according to their severity, which is graded on a scale of one to three. 

Grade I

A Grade I sprain involves minor discomfort and typically isn’t a significant problem.

Grade II

This more serious sprain will involve moderate pain and can involve a larger ligament tear.

Grade III

This indicates that the ligament will be partially or completely detached and pain will be severe.

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What Caused My Sprain?

Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a sudden twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains commonly occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface.

Sometimes ankle sprains occur because of weak ankles, a condition that some people are born with. Previous ankle or foot injuries can also weaken the ankle and lead to sprains.

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Signs and Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle

These symptoms of a sprained ankle often vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the sprain. Sometimes pain and swelling are absent in patients who have previously experienced a sprained ankle, and instead, they may simply feel as though the ankle is a little wobbly and unstable when walking. Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain or swelling with a sprained ankle, treatment is crucial. Any ankle sprain—whether it’s your first or your fifth—requires prompt medical attention.

The signs and symptoms of ankle sprains typically include:

  • Pain 
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty walking
  • Stiffness in the joint
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Our State-of-the-Art Facility

Synergy Foot and Ankle is committed to the most advanced methods of care, as it’s our mission to create customized treatment plans that truly enable our patients to reach their maximum potential. In order to accomplish this goal, we’ve outfitted our McKinney office with state-of-the-art imaging technology and equipment that will enable us to get to the heart of your issue.

We take the time to work closely with each one of our patients, and we’ll help you navigate away from your pain. When you’re ready to live your very best life, just give us a call! Our talented team is ready to help you leave your ankle pain behind for good.

Discover Relief at Synergy Foot and Ankle

Dealing with a sprained ankle doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Here at Synergy Foot and Ankle, we’re ready to diagnose your issue, assess the extent of your injury, and craft a personalized treatment plan that brings you back to your full range of motion, so you can once again live your very best life. When you’re ready to learn more about what Synergy Foot and Ankle can do for you, reach out to us at our McKinney location and set up your consultation with a member of our team today!

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