Grade 2 Ankle Sprains

Grade 2 Ankle Sprains

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Grade 2 Ankle Sprains

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What is Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

Grade 2 ankle sprains, also known as high ankle sprains, are the most common type of ankle injury.

In a grade 2 ankle sprain, the ligaments around your ankle are stretched or torn. If there is only one ligament involved, it’s called a “first-degree” sprain. If two or more ligaments are involved, it’s called a “second-degree” sprain.

A grade 2 ankle sprain can range from mild to severe and may cause pain and swelling around your ankle.

What are the types of Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

Grade 2 ankle sprains are the most common type of ankle sprain. The severity of a Grade 2 Sprain is determined by the amount of ligament damage, which can range from mild to severe.

Mild

Mild grade 2 ankle sprains are characterized by minor ligament disruption and joint instability. The joint may be painful but it is still functional.

Moderate

Moderate grade 2 ankle sprains are characterized by significant ligament disruption and joint instability. The joint may be painful, unstable, and possibly swollen.

What are the causes of Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

A Grade 2 ankle sprain is caused by a moderate injury to the ligaments that connect the bones in your ankle. The risk factors for a grade 2 ankle sprain include:

  • Ankle instability, which can be caused by an injury or a congenital condition
  • Not warming up properly before exercising
  • Walking on uneven ground or stepping off a curb
  • Playing sports that require jumping and landing on your feet, such as basketball or football

What are the symptoms of Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

The symptoms of Grade 2 ankle sprains include:

  • Pain around the outer side of the ankle
  • Swelling around this area
  • Bruising in this area
  • Soreness when putting pressure on the area
  • A feeling like you have turned your foot inwards (inversion) or outwards (eversion)

What are the risk factors for Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

Risk factors for Grade 2 Ankle Sprains include:

  • Wearing high heels
  • Having a previous history of ankle sprains
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Being overweight

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

Grade 2 ankle sprains should be treated with a regimen of pain-free exercises. These exercises should be done daily, and can be done in any order.

Here are the exercises for Grade 2 ankle sprains:

Walking

Walking is one of the best exercises for Grade 2 ankle sprains because it helps to keep the joint mobile and flexible. If you don’t have any pain while walking, try to walk as much as possible. You can also try walking up stairs and uneven ground.

Calf Raises

This exercise is great for strengthening your calf muscles, which are important stabilizers for your ankles and knees. Stand on a step or curb with your heels hanging off the edge of the step/curb and raise yourself up onto your toes by raising your heels up towards your buttocks area. Repeat this 10 times for each foot with each leg before switching to the other leg.

Stretching

Stretch your calf muscles by placing one foot on a chair and pulling your toes toward your shin. Hold for 30 seconds and then repeat with the other foot.

Toe Raises

Stand on both feet with your legs shoulder-width apart. Slowly raise up onto your tiptoes (you should feel a stretch in your calves). Hold this position for 10 seconds, then slowly lower yourself back down again. Repeat for 3 sets of 20 reps per leg.

Ankle Circles

Sit down with both legs straight out in front of you and your hands on the ground next to your butt for balance as needed (you may want to use a chair if needed). Now move one foot in a circular motion around in a clockwise direction as far as it will go without moving any other part of your body (don’t lift or bend any other part of your leg). Then move it back around in an anti-clockwise direction until it returns where it started.

What are the treatments for Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

The best treatment for a Grade 2 ankle sprain is to rest and apply ice, followed by exercises to strengthen the muscles around your ankle. If you have a Grade 2 sprain, you should avoid weight-bearing exercises until your doctor says it’s okay.

For Grade 2 ankle sprains, your doctor may recommend:

  • RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (see below).
  • Elevate your foot above heart level for about 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling in your ankle. Use pillows under your foot if you need more support than that provided by gravity alone.
  • Wear an elastic wrap around your ankle when you’re up and moving around. This will help stabilize your ankle while it’s healing and decrease pain while walking around on it.

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What brace is used for Grade 2 Ankle Sprains?

For a Grade 2 ankle sprain, you should wear a walking boot.

A walking boot is a form of orthosis that provides support and protection to your ankle while it heals. A walking boot is often used after an ankle sprain, especially when you’ve injured the ligaments around your ankle joint.

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