Sprains in the ankle generally fall into 3 categories of injury,
a first degree sprain generally does not require daily treatment as the symptoms are typically minimal as the ligaments have not effectively been weakened by damage.
There is usually a small amount of localised swelling with little to no pain whilst moving but when put under stress there may be some mild discomfort.
With a second degree sprain the lateral and medial collateral ligaments of the ankle are usually sprained by inversion or eversion (Ankle twists over to one side)
usually these ligaments are: The Anterior Talofibular ligament, Calcaneofibular Ligament, Posterior Talofibular Ligament.
This injury may result in a partial or complete rupture of the ligament and this may be accompanied by a fracture, usually this is condition shows moderate swelling and stiffness, moderate to severe pain, difficulty weight bearing and some instability in the joint.
Third degree ankle sprains display severe swelling and pain, inability to weight bear, instability and loss of function in the joint.
Immediate treatment includes: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate, then get it checked,
you may need X-rays so seek immediate medical attention.
Note: this post is only to serve you as a guide and does not replace the advice of your G.P or healthcare professional.
With the correct rehabilitation program you should not experience any reduced mobility however a slight increase in the probability of injuring the same ankle again may occur if you do not keep up with all home care protocols.
Further sports injury treatment for this condition is available, all of which is aimed at helping your body recover and generally targets the reduction of inflammation and swelling in and around the joint, increasing joint mobility and stability and then guiding you back to a fully recovery with the appropriate rehabilitation exercise program.