by Boston Gregg
An Ankle Sprain occurs when one or more ligaments on the outer side of the ankle are stretched or torn. Sprains can range from mild to severe and are usually caused by overstretching beyond one’s normal range of motion.
A “popping” sound is very common to hear at the moment when you sprains your ankle. A “cracking” noise means it’s most likely a fractured bone. Swelling can be normal for this type of injury, but if your ankle appears deformed or crooked at the same time, it’s most likely a fracture. Numbness also indicates a fracture.Your doctor will be able to determine the severity of your ankle sprain by comparing your symptoms and physical exam to the characteristics of each of the three grade levels.
Signs & Symptoms:
Treatment Options: Chances are your ankle sprain won’t require a visit to the doctor unless severe. Follow the R.I.C.E. and/or M.E.A.T. protocol after an injury to promote healing and flexibility in the hopes of getting back up and moving quickly again. Most people have used the RICE protocol in some capacity when dealing with injury in the past.
It’s important to be able to read your own body. Don’t attempt to push yourself too hard or you may end up injuring yourself even more. If your condition worsens, contact your doctor immediately.
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