Are you familiar with the different sprained ankle levels? Whenever someone sprains their ankle, they will be graded on the injury by a doctor when they seek treatment. There are three grades of sprain, numbered from one to three, with the first level being the mildest sprain and the third level being the most severe.
Since a sprain relates to a damaged ligament, the doctor will assess the degree of damage so they can determine how bad the sprain is. Whether you can walk will be a key factor in the assessment. Mild sprains that cause mild pain when walking and perhaps a slight limp will usually be ranked as a Grade 1 sprain. Even though the ankle is sore, it still feels stable. This isn’t the case with the more serious sprains.
Grade 2 and Grade 3 sprains
Walking is more painful the more serious the ankle sprain is. With a Grade 2 sprain, walking is very painful so the person will probably refrain from doing it. Swelling is more severe in this instance, and bruising might also be seen.
With a Grade 3 sprain, there is no chance of walking at all. Therefore, a serious sprain is often impossible to tell apart from a fracture without the aid of an x-ray. The swelling and bruising will be more serious in this instance, and the recovery procedure will be longer – going from a few weeks to months, because the ligaments in the ankle (one or more ligaments, depending on the injury) will have suffered complete tears. In every case, though, following the ‘rest, ice, compression and elevation’ advice is good to do.
Which of the sprained ankle levels did you suffer from, and could you claim anything?
Once you know the extent of your sprain, you can begin your recovery with advice from your doctor or other medical professional you have seen. All the sprained ankle levels are painful, and while some are simply unfortunate, others are caused through negligence on the part of a third party.
If you think this might apply to you and your injury, please call us today on 0800 689 0500, or on 0333 500 0993 if you’re on a mobile phone. Accident Advice Helpline has assisted people like you for over 16 years, and with no-obligation advice available now, it makes sense to make that call as quickly as possible.
Date Published: March 2, 2017
Author: Rob Steen