If you are dealing with an ankle sprain, you should know that these injuries often heal by themselves anywhere from 2 to 12 weeks after it happens. However, if you are noticing that your pain and discomfort lingers, especially as weight is put on the ankle, it is going to be best to see a podiatrist to address the issue.
Whenever a sprained ankle does not seem to improve over time, seeing a professional will help you to get answers. In some cases, there could be a much more significant injury that calls for specialized treatment.
Swelling is a common response when you are dealing with such an injury. The blood in your body is rushed to the damaged ankle to help with the healing process. With the location of the ankle in comparison to your heart, it may take longer for the injury to heal and swelling could still be present long after full healing takes place.
You should always seek the help of a trained podiatrist for an ankle sprain if you have weakness, bruising, and prolonged pain.
Ankle Sprain Grades
There are different types of ankle sprains that range from minor to more severe. Your podiatrist will more than likely give your sprain a “grade” based on the damage that is present.
Grade 1: With a grade 1 sprain, the ankle is often sore and slightly swollen. This usually happens when ligaments are not torn, just overstretched.
Grade 2: With a grade 2 sprain, there is usually a partial ligament tear. This brings on prolonged swelling and pain, which may keep you from putting all of your weight on the ankle. There may also be bleeding under the skin, which creates bruising.
Grade 3: With a grade 3 sprain, there is a full tear within the ligament. When the injury happened, you probably noticed a popping noise and there will be a great amount of swelling, bruising, and pain. This often creates an unstable feeling and the inability to put full weight on your ankle.
We want you to know that you will be in excellent hands when you make an appointment to see a podiatrist here at Mill Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our staff is available to address all of your concerns and will work with you to ensure you get the help that you need to fully heal so that you can once again put your best foot forward.