Torn Ligaments in the Ankle

The main job of the ankle joint is to help you move your foot up and down. The ankle joint connects the leg and foot and is basically held together with tendons and ligaments. These are strong bands of tissue that provide stability. A torn ligament in the ankle can be caused by a twisting action, which stretches the ankle beyond its normal range. There are three categories of ligament tears, which depend on the severity of the injury. A grade 1 injury is deemed a minor, or micro, tear of the ligament. A grade 2 injury refers to a partial tear and may result in a loosening of the tissue. For these two types of injuries, rest and a type of brace or immobilizing device may be needed. A grade 3 injury is a complete tear of the ligament, however, and it almost always calls for surgical intervention to correct it. A podiatrist can determine the severity of the injury through imaging tests and based on that information prescribe the appropriate treatment program. For more information about a torn ankle ligament, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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