This refers to spraining a ligament at the ankle which typically occurs during sporting activities. The most common ankle sprain is to the Anterior Talo-Fibular Ligament (ATFL) which is located on the lateral side of the ankle. These are also called inversion ankle sprains.
There are also ligaments on the medial side of the ankle which can be sprained with excessive eversion forces known as the deltoid ligaments. These are less likely to sprain.
Medial or lateral ankle sprains can be differentiated by 3 types of sprains – grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3.
- Grade 1 – slight overstretching of the ligament
- Grade 2 – partial tear of the ligament
- Grade 3 – full thickness tear of the ligament
How Physical Therapy Helps Ankle Sprains
Although most symptoms from grade 1 and grade 2 ankle sprain might resolve within 4 weeks it is important to consult with your PT to determine if there are any lingering strength deficits following this type of injury. With a PT exam you can be sure to learn of the severity of the ligament sprain, what muscles were affected, and what you can do about it. Call us today to find out how we can help you eliminate pain quickly and get back to what you love to do!