Sprained Ankle

Sprained Ankle

What is a sprained ankle?:

Unfortunately, ankle sprains are one of the most common sprains to occur. The ankle is a weak joint that absorbs a lot of pressure in day to day life. Those who work on their feet play a lot of sport are generally more prone than others to a sprained ankle. Often confused with a twisted ankle, a sprained ankle is the more severe of the two, with the addition of swelling, bruising and inflammation offering a tell-tale sign that it is a little more serious, requiring sprained ankle relief to help your body repair.

Symptoms:

  • Swelling around the ankle
  • Tenderness in the affected area
  • Bruising on the ankle
  • Inability to put pressure on the ankle
  • Ankle stiffness
  • Discoloration to the area

Causes:

Sprains occur when the ligaments in your joints are overstretched, and often torn. This is usually due to a sudden impact to the ankle. If not left to heal and rehabilitate properly, the joint itself may weaken further and could lead to chronic pain and further, more serious injuries.

Ankle sprains are classified in 3 grades depending on the amount of damage or the number of ligaments that are damaged:

Grade 1 –  Mild damage to the ligament(s) without causing instability of the ankle.
Grade 2 – A partial tear to the ligament. The ligament has been stretched to the point that it becomes loose.  The ankle is painful and bruising may occur.
Grade 3 – severe –  Complete tear of the ligament, causing instability in the affected joint. Pain will be severe and bruising will probably occur around the ankle.

Solution/treatment:

Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Especially in the first 48 to 72 hours when the ankle will be the most painful. Apply a Physicool A Bandage for thirty minutes to one hour, 2-4 times per day. Apply for a greater duration if you can. This will draw out the heat reducing the pain and swelling. Cooling and compression will speed up recovery time and get you back to feeling yourself in no time.

It’s important to let a sprain fully heal before subjecting it to any circumstances which may put it under pressure to avoid the injury getting worse.

The Physicool cooling benefit will reduce pain and swelling whilst the compression will limit inflammation. Combined, it will help speed up healing and get you back to what you love doing faster.


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