Three FAQs about torn ligaments in the ankle

Torn Ligament in Ankle

A torn ankle ligament, or ankle sprain, may be more serious than many people think. A study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that about 25% of ankle sprains cause patients to miss at least one week of work or school. There are many common questions patients tend to ask about this injury, and it may be especially helpful for you to get answers for the three most frequently asked of these questions. 

1.   Is a torn ligament in the ankle and an ankle sprain the same thing?

In many cases, health care professionals do call cases of torn ankle ligaments a sprained ankle. The reason for this is that all three levels of ankle sprain involve some amount of ligament tearing. 

A level one, or mild, sprain is when the ankle ligaments have only been stretched a little too far. However, even a mild sprain can cause microscopic tears in the ankle ligaments. Level two, or moderate, ankle sprains are often associated with partial tearing of ankle ligaments, and this tearing can be seen by the naked eye on an X-ray. The most severe ankle sprains, or level three sprains, involve a complete tearing of one or more ankle ligaments. 

2.   What are the symptoms of a torn ankle ligament?

Sprained ankles can lead you to experience many symptoms, and these symptoms may vary depending on the severity of your sprain. However, there are several symptoms that all three levels have in common. 

For one thing, you will likely feel mild to severe pain in your ankle. Patients often report that their ankle becomes swollen and tender to the touch. Also, you may develop a bruise on your ankle or foot when you’ve sprained an ankle. It may also be hard for you to walk, and there may be mild to severe levels of instability in your ankle. 

3.   What treatments can help a torn ankle ligament?

No matter what treatment option you use, a period of healing will be required. However, there are several physical therapy treatments that can help after this initial healing has occurred. 

For instance, joint mobilization is a type of manual therapy a physical therapist may use to treat a sprained ankle. Therapeutic stretching exercises may also be used to help your ankle recover. Strengthening exercises can be included in your treatment, and they’re intended to help increase ankle stability. 

Holland Physical Therapy is ready to help treat torn ankle ligaments

At Holland Physical Therapy, our Holland, Michigan, clinic is ready to help you treat many types of injuries. This includes ankle sprains and other ankle issues. Our team can build you a personalized treatment plan that uses multiple physical therapy techniques, and this plan is intended to provide benefits such as: 

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased joint stability
  • Decreased recovery time
  • Reduced risk of reinjury

Take the next step to find relief for your ankle pain. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an appointment.