Ankle sprain grades and symptoms

A sprained ankle is a very common injury having more than 30,000 people experiencing it every single day. Sprained ankles can happen to anyone be it an athlete or non-athletes and even adults and children. It can occur when you are undertaking any sporting event or physical exercises and in other cases just stepping on uneven surfaces.

There are different grades of severity of sprained ankles. Depending on the severity, it has been graded into three major parts. In grade I, the extent of the damage is not so bad. It is caused by stretching of the ligament. The amount of stretch and tearing of the ligament determines the amount of pain that a person will feel. If the ligaments are completely torn or there is a complete dislocation, the person will suffer instability of the joint. In grade II ankle sprain, the effect to the ligament is a bit severe. This grade is easy to detect because of the swelling and bruises caused by bleeding under the skin. A person suffering from grade II sprain will have a difficulty walking because of the pain but it you can take a few steps. Grade II ankle sprain is as a result of moderate tearing of the ligament fibers. In this grade the ankle joint becomes stiff and somewhat unstable. A person will have moderate or severe pain while walking. There is presence of minor bruises.

Grade III ankle sprain is the most severe of all the three. In this grade there is a complete tear of the ligaments. The ankles are in most times very painful making walking very difficult. Many people suffering from this grade of sprains complain of instability and surrendering sensations in the ankle joints. Unlike in the other grades, the pains will be immense at first but will subside later and eventually there will be no pain. The bruises are really extensive due to the total rapture of the ligaments.