Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ankle sprains

First time back to the golf course, post marathon and I managed to sprain my ankle, yet again. Probably a grade I sprain this time around. Took over a mile to loosen back up. Moderate pain and swelling. No where near as bad as when I rolled it and broke the 5th metatarsal or last grade II at the golf course. This is precisely why I avoided the golf course in the final 3 weeks before the marathon.

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The term sprain merely indicates that a ligament has been damaged. Sprains are divided into several groups depending on the severity of damage to the involved ligament.

Grade I Sprain

A Grade I (First Degree) sprain is the most common and requires the least amount of treatment and recovery. The ligaments connecting the ankle bones are often over-stretched, and damaged microscopically, but not actually torn. The ligament damage has occurred without any significant instability developing.

Grade II Sprain

A Grade II (Second Degree) injury is more severe and indicates that the ligament has been more significantly damaged, but there is no significant instability. The ligaments are often partially torn.

Grade III Sprain

A Grade III (Third Degree) sprain is the most severe. This indicates that the ligament has been significantly damaged, and that instability has resulted. A grade III injury means that the ligament has been torn.
The lateral ligaments are the most commonly injured. On the lateral side, the ligaments are typically damaged in a direction that goes from the front to the back, with the most severe injury being in the front (anterior) and the least severe being in the back (posterior). Therefore, the most commonly damaged ligament is the anterior talo-fibular ligament and the least commonly damaged is the posterior talofibular ligament.

The sprain occurs when the ankle is turned unexpectedly in any direction that is further than he ligaments are able to tolerate. Typically, the sprain occurs with running, jumping, sharp direction changes, or stepping on uneven ground. The risk factors for having an ankle sprain include, uneven ground, previous untreated ankle injuries, being overweight, or using poorly fitting or worn out shoes.

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Don't know if my self diagnosis is correct. I was able to continue the run this morning. The rest of the herd actually picked up the pace once the sun was up and I was able to hang. Pretty big group for the golf course,Speedy, Doc, Preacher and BQ1. I'm icing as I write this morning and already have taken some ibuprofen. Hopefully, it will just be a little stiff tomorrow.

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