Ankle Sprain & Strain

Treatment, Symptoms, Types and Recovery in Singapore

Dr. James - Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

Medically reviewed by Dr. James Tan

Expert Insights on Ankle Sprain Diagnosis

Ankle injuries, ranging from mild sprains to severe fractures, are not just common but can significantly impact your mobility and quality of life. Whether it's a twist during a morning run or a misstep on uneven pavement, understanding the nuances of ankle injuries is crucial. This guide delves into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options to help you navigate the recovery process effectively.

If ankle or foot pain is hindering your day-to-day activities, recognizing the severity and appropriate treatment is the first step toward a swift recovery.

How Is Ankle Sprain and Injury Diagnosed?

When you visit our Singapore facility, one of our ankle specialists will examine you. To check for swelling and bruising, a quick, painless procedure will be performed. Sometimes, in order to check for any broken bones, your doctor may also ask for an X-ray. If a stress fracture is suspected, you may be offered an MRI or other particular form of exam to see if there is an injury that does not show up on a physical examination or X-ray.

Identifying Ankle Sprain Symptoms

An ankle sprain results from ligaments being overstretched or torn, usually due to twisting or impact. So, prompt recognition and treatment are crucial. Look for these clear symptoms:

  • Pain: Increases with weight-bearing and can range from mild to severe.
  • Tenderness: Direct touch to the ankle increases discomfort.
  • Limited Mobility: Difficulty moving the ankle normally.
  • Instability: A sensation of giving way in the ankle joint.
  • Swelling: Often immediate and can worsen if not treated quickly.
  • Bruising: Typically develops soon after the injury.
  • Popping Sound/Feeling: May occur at the moment of injury, indicating potential ligament damage.
  • Walking Impairment: Challenges in bearing weight or walking signify a need for medical attention.

Ankle Sprain Treatment in Singapore

Looking to get treated for ankle sprain in Singapore? We are ready to help! The orthopaedic doctor here at Ray of Health will diagnose your issue and create a customised treatment plan to get you feeling like your own self again. Apart from this, we also offer treatment plans for shoulder pain and torn meniscus treatment. You can also talk to us by clicking the button below.

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What Are the Types of Ankle Sprain?

Each sprained ankle instance has a varied level of severity. When you seek therapy for an ankle sprain, you will discover that it fits into one of three categories:

First-degree sprains: When the ligaments in your ankle are strained but not torn, you will only be out of commission for a few weeks. In some circumstances, the swelling is modest, and there is no discernible instability.

Second-degree sprains: If your ankle ligament is partially torn, you will feel slight instability and may find it difficult to walk for up to six weeks.

Third-degree sprains: For a severe tear, you need anywhere from six months to a full year to recover. During this time, you will experience intense pain, bruising, and swelling.

What Are the Common Causes of Ankle Sprains?

Ankle sprain and injury can occur if a joint is twisted beyond its usual range of motion. In general, the following are the most common causes:

  • Trips
  • Falls
  • Landing the wrong way after a jump
  • Walking on uneven ground
  • Sudden impact
  • Twisting or rolling
  • Cartilage injury

How Long Does Ankle Sprain Take to Heal?

The ankle sprain recovery time depends on the severity. Usually, it takes around three to four weeks for a mild sprain. Moderate injury can take four to six weeks. And for severe cases, it can take three to six months to heal completely. For less severe cases, a splint would be recommended. In the case you have an unstable ankle or severe injury, you might require surgery.

During surgery, metal plates and screws would be used to stabilise your ankle. This would require about six weeks for initial healing, during which you need to put your foot on rest. Then, the tendons and ligaments can take more time, around three to six months, to heal back. Follow your doctor’s advice for quicker and better recovery.

Recognizing When Ankle Sprains Need Urgent Care

ankle sprain diagram

Ankle Sprain- Image Credit: Mayo Clinic

If you encounter serious pain and swelling, then it’s a condition of emergency, and you need to see your doctor immediately. The severe signs and symptoms can damage the bone and ligaments of your ankle. Besides, if you encounter some of the below-mentioned signs, then see a doctor immediately:

  • Quick swelling in the affected area
  • Easily noticeable change in shape
  • Warm sensation on affected reason
  • Inability to move the foot

Ankle Sprain Exercises

If you're looking for workouts to reduce ankle pain, watch the videos below. Check out our other exercises for back pain and shoulder mobility.

Frequently-Asked Questions About Ankle Sprain in Singapore

If you sprain your foot and ankle, immediately stop any activity and rest to avoid further injury. Another option like over-the-counter pain relievers may help with discomfort. If the pain or swelling is severe, or if you cannot put weight on the injured ankle, rest your ankle, seek medical attention to ensure it's not a more serious injury.

About the Author

Dr. James - Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

Dr James Tan C H

Dr James Tan is a highly skilled orthopaedic surgeon in Singapore who has more than 10 years of experience in sports injury surgery and exercise medicine. Apart from partnering with the industry to pioneer advanced and proven treatment techniques, Dr Tan has treated athletes from the Singapore National Teams and professional footballers from the Singapore Premier League and the Young Lions. He is a member of the elite Asian Shoulder and Elbow Group and a founding member of the Singapore Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Society.