How do you know if your ankle is sprained or just hurt?

How do you know if your ankle is sprained or just hurt?


  1. Pain, especially when you bear weight on the affected foot.
  2. Tenderness when you touch the ankle.
  3. Swelling.
  4. Bruising.
  5. Restricted range of motion.
  6. Instability in the ankle.
  7. Popping sensation or sound at the time of injury.

Can you sprain your ankle and still walk on it?

“Some sprains just feel twisted or tweaked, and while they are a little swollen and tender, you can still walk. But ankle sprains can also be fairly severe, with lots of swelling and bruising, along with severe pain when any weight is placed on them.”

What does it feel like when you’ve sprained your ankle?

It’s likely to be a sprain or strain if: you have pain, tenderness or weakness – often around your ankle, foot, wrist, thumb, knee, leg or back. the injured area is swollen or bruised. you cannot put weight on the injury or use it normally.

What are 3 signs and symptoms of a first degree ankle sprain?

Grade 1: Stretching or slight tearing of the ligament with mild tenderness, swelling and stiffness. The ankle feels stable and it is usually possible to walk with minimal pain. Grade 2: A more severe sprain, but incomplete tear with moderate pain, swelling and bruising.

Can you move your toes with a sprained ankle?

As you can see, the symptoms for a sprained ankle are like those of a broken ankle, but don’t include the inability to move the toes or deformities.

What does a Grade 1 sprain look like?

When you’ve stretched the fibers of your ligament, but haven’t significantly torn them, it’s considered a grade 1 sprain. There’s some mild swelling, stiffness, and tenderness at the site of injury. You’re able to use the joint and it feels stable.

What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

Swelling And Tenderness. A sprained ankle often occurs with some swelling and tenderness.

  • Foot Or Ankle Pain. Foot and ankle pain can often occur alongside a sprained ankle.
  • Feeling Unstable. An ankle sprain can cause instability in the ankle,which can make individuals feel unstable when they stand or walk.
  • Reduced Range Of Motion.
  • Bruised Ankle.
  • What is the normal recovery time for a sprained ankle?

    RICE The first step after an injury is to: rest reduce the swelling prevent further injury The American Academy of Orthopaeidic Surgeons (AAOS) recommends: R: rest the ankle

  • Recovery In the first 2 weeks following an injury,Sandow says that there can be a quick decrease of pain and an improvement in your ankle’s movement and
  • Rehabilitation
  • Should you see a doctor for a sprained ankle?

    The majority of people who suffer ankle sprains don’t seek treatment, and in many cases that is appropriate, say two UCLA orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in foot-and-ankle injuries. But some sprains warrant professional attention, including physical therapy. In the most severe cases with persistent symptoms, surgery may be necessary.

    Will a sprained ankle heal on its own?

    While this is a difficult question to answer without knowing the exact details of your specific case, there is a general timeline for ankle sprain healing. If you’ve sprained your ankle, make sure that you call Dr. Verville today at (214) 385-8822. Frisco patients often feel that a sprained ankle will just heal on its own.