Grade 1 Ankle Sprain

Grade 1 Ankle Sprain

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Grade 1 Ankle Sprain

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What is Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

Grade 1 ankle sprains are the most common type of ankle sprain, accounting for about 70% of all ankle sprains. This injury occurs when you stretch or tear one or more of the ligaments in your ankle. These ligaments are responsible for supporting your foot, so when they get injured, it can be painful and cause instability in your ankle joint.

Grade 1 ankle sprains are milder than other types of sprains because they involve only partial tearing of the ligament fibers. The symptoms usually go away within a few weeks, but it can take several months for all of them to go away if you have severe pain or other complications from the injury.

What are the types of Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

The three forms or classifications of Grade 1 Ankle Sprain are:

1. Mild

There is no instability or deformity to the ankle, but there is some pain and tenderness on palpation of the injured area.

2. Moderate

There is mild instability and deformity to the ankle which can be seen on physical examination.

3. Severe

There is severe instability, deformity and pain with movement at the ankle joint.

What are the causes of Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

There are many different factors that can cause a Grade 1 Ankle Sprain. Some of these include:

  • A sudden twisting or turning movement, often during a sporting activity
  • Excessive pressure on the foot while running or jumping
  • Strenuous activity, such as playing basketball or soccer
  • Running on uneven surfaces
  • Poorly fitting shoes that don’t provide adequate support for the ankle and heel
  • Jumping or landing on your foot wrong
  • lack of warm-up before exercise

What are the symptoms of Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

The symptoms of Grade 1 Ankle Sprain include:

  • Pain on the inside of your ankle when you move it up and down or rotate it from side to side
  • Pain when you put weight on your foot or try to walk without support
  • Swelling and bruising around your ankle joint
  • Feeling like something is “out” of place in your foot or ankle area

What are the risk factors for Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

The most common risk factors for Grade 1 ankle sprains include:

  • Ankle instability (a lack of stability in the joint)
  • Ankle weakness (weakness of the muscles that support the ankle)
  • Insufficient muscle strength in the calf muscles (the muscles below your knee)

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

There are three exercises for Grade 1 ankle sprain, each of which can be done without any equipment.

Ankle-To-Knee

Start by balancing on one foot, then bend your knee and raise it toward your chest. Repeat this 10 times on both sides, several times a day.

Ankle Circles

Stand with your toes pointing forward and your knees slightly bent. Then move your foot in a circle as if tracing the outside of a clock face. Move in one direction for 10 seconds, and then reverse direction for another 10 seconds. Do this exercise three times on each side of your injured ankle.

Toe Raises

Stand on one foot and lift up onto your toes as high as possible, then lower yourself back down slowly until you’re standing flat on both feet again. Repeat this 10 times on each side of your injured ankle several times a day.

What are the treatments for Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

Grade 1 ankle sprains are the least severe of all ankle sprains and can be treated with the following:

Rest – Resting the ankle will help reduce pain and swelling. You should avoid activities that cause your ankle to bear weight until it is at least 50% better.

Ice – Applying an ice pack to the injured area for 15 minutes every hour for the first 24 hours can help reduce inflammation, which will help reduce pain and swelling.

Elevation – Elevate your foot above heart level for 20-30 minutes every hour while awake to reduce swelling in your ankle.

Compression wrap – Compressing your ankle with a wrap or elastic bandage may help prevent swelling and bruising, which can cause pain. You should not use a compression wrap if you have any open wounds or skin infection on the site of injury or if you have had a recent surgery on your joint or tendon (such as knee replacement).

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What brace is used for Grade 1 Ankle Sprain?

If you’re suffering from a Grade 1 ankle sprain, it’s important to wear a lightweight ankle brace.

Lightweight ankle braces are designed to provide support without restricting movement or putting pressure on the ankle. They are usually made of a thin neoprene material that is stretchy and soft. This makes them very comfortable to wear and easy to get on and off.

A lightweight ankle brace should be worn for about 15 to 20 minutes per day until your symptoms subside. You can then gradually increase the amount of time you wear it as long as there are no problems with your healing process or any pain or swelling that seems to be increasing instead of decreasing.

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