How Bad is Your Ankle Sprain?

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The NBA is living and competing in a bubble to protect its players from contracting COVID-19. But it doesn’t mean they’re safe from injuries on the court. Gordon Hayward’s awkward fall and severe ankle injury earlier this month is a reminder where there is a basketball game; there will always be ankle sprains.

The Celtics announced Hayward would be out for four weeks with a Grade III ankle sprain. That’s as bad as an ankle sprain can get. Looking at the video, you can see Hayward land awkwardly as the outside of his right ankle twists toward the ground. That’s a classic inversion sprain, one of the most common types of sports injuries we see here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland.

We categorize ankle sprains in three grades from bad to worse:

  • Grade I is the least serious. The ligaments surrounding and supporting the ankle bones have stretched beyond their normal limits.
  • Worse on the scale is a Grade II sprain, which involves some partial tearing of the ligaments.
  • The worst kind of sprain is Grade III, meaning the ligaments have completely torn.

How badly is your ankle sprained?

It can be difficult to self-diagnose the severity of an ankle sprain. Every grade will cause some pain and swelling, ranging from mild, to significant, to severe. You’ll probably have trouble walking with all three grades. There’s only one way to know for sure how severe your sprain is and what you should be doing to treat it: get it evaluated by our expert podiatrists, Dr. Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey.

We encourage residents of Portage, Geauga, Cuyahoga, and Summit Counties to get the prompt treatment for an ankle injury at our podiatry office in Solon, Ohio. Ankle damage that doesn’t heal properly can give you problems in the future. Some x-rays and a few weeks in a walking boot can be a small price to pay for your ankle’s long-term health. To have your injury evaluated and treated properly, call us at (440) 903-1041 or make an appointment online.