Ankle sprains occur when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an abnormal direction. They are often the result of decreased ankle strength and poor ankle stability. Ankle sprains often cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion. They are typically classified into 3 major categories, which are broken down below.
|Phase||Days Injured (estimated)||Treatment|
|1 – 4 days||R.I.C.E. (Rest, Elevation, Ice, Compression)|
|Subacute Phase (Controlled Motion Phase)||5- 21 days||Gentle range of motion, light stretching, and very light strengthening|
|Chronic Phase |
(Return to Function Phase)
|21+ days||Increased focus on strengthening, end range of motion, and progressing through return to activities/sports|
Note: The severity of the ankle sprain and specific ligaments that are affected may alter the treatment process. Consult with your physician or physical therapist to develop the perfect plan to advance safely and effectively through your rehabilitation.