What is a Sprained Ankle?
A sprained ankle is one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries. Of all the joints in the body, the ankle joint is the most prone to sprains. It connects the foot to the lower end of the leg. Three bones, many tendons, ligaments, and muscles collectively form the ankle joint. A ligament is a tough fibrous tissue band that connects two bones in a joint and stabilizes the joint. A sprain refers to twisting, overstretching, wringing or tearing of the ligaments. Homeopathic treatment for sprained ankle helps heal the injured ligaments and provides pain relief as well as complete recovery.
What are the Reasons and Risk Factors that Lead to a Sprained Ankle?
Overstretching of the ankle ligaments far beyond their normal range of motion is the primary cause of a sprain. In some cases, the ligament may be partially or entirely torn. Walking on uneven ground, misstep, playing sports like football, soccer, and tennis, wearing high-heeled shoes, a fall or accidentally stepping on someone’s ankle while running or playing, are some risk factors.
Are there Different Types of Ankle Sprains?
There are two different types of ankle sprain – ‘inversion ankle sprain’ and ‘eversion ankle sprain.’ In inversion type of ankle sprain, the foot gets twisted inwards while the outer ligaments are stretched too far, resulting in pain on outer side of ankle.
In eversion type of ankle sprain, the foot gets twisted outwards. This causes the inner ligament to stretch too far and causes pain on the inner side of the ankle.
What are the Grades/Degrees of Sprained Ankles?
There are three grades of sprained ankles. First is a mild ankle sprain where the ligament gets stretched but not torn, causing mild pain. The second grade is a moderate sprain where there is partial tearing of the ligament, causing moderate pain and swelling. The third grade is a severe sprain wherein the ligament gets completely torn, resulting in intense pain and excessive swelling with loss of motion.
What are the Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle?
The chief symptoms of a sprained ankle include pain and tenderness of the ankle joint. There is pain in the ankle when weight is borne by the foot. Swelling is often present, and the range of movement at the ankle joint becomes restricted.
Homeopathic Treatment for Sprained Ankle
Homeopathic treatment for sprained ankle offers a cure at the internal level, where things have gone wrong. Homeopathic medicines for sprained ankle include Arnica Montana, Bellis Perennis, Ledum Pal, Rhus Tox and Ruta Graveolens. These medicines work help heal the torn ligaments and promote complete recovery. They are also administered to help reduce the pain and swelling of ankles. Homeopathic treatment for sprained ankle also treats chronic cases of sprains where the ankle pain persists for a long time.