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July 12, 2022 Physical Therapy of Milwaukee

Ankle Sprains

What is it and what causes ankle sprains?

An ankle sprain is a tear of ligaments (strong fibrous tissue surrounding the ankle) around the ankle joint. These small tears cause pain and discomfort.

Common Causes: Athletic activities like running or hiking, slipping, prolonged repetitive movements, sports, exercising on uneven surface, another person stepping or landing on your ankle.

The severity of tears in these ligaments can lead to different severities of pain and various other symptoms around the ankle and discomfort leading to different grades of ankle sprains. 

Grades of Ankle Sprains 

Ankle sprains can come in multiple grades and levels of severity,  levels get consistently worse with the amount of tearing done to the tendons surrounding the ankle. A common way to diagnose the level of ankle sprain is the amount of swelling and bruising done to the ankle, with little swelling on a level I, and increasingly more on levels, II and III.


There are many symptoms to sprained ankles include, pain in the foot and surrounding the sprained ankle, swelling, bruising, tenderness to touch, restricted range of motion, instability of the ankle, pain when using the ankle. 


At PTM we can help you recover and prevent sprained ankles with a variety of our treatments. Our treatments include, dry needling, manual therapy, kinesiotaping, cupping, graston, electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise & more! Common self care measures for ankle sprains include icing your ankle and keeping your ankle stable and elevated while healing, follow the R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate) recovery technique. 

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