Foot Care News Share Tweet Pin Share Ankle traumas are rather complex; a severe strain can be a serious injury.Â Ankle sprains are classified according to the degree of injury. There are 3 grades: I Partial ligament tear Symptoms: Mild swelling, mild to no ankle instability,mild to moderate pain, swelling and discoloration. Treatment: RICE Rest Ice : 20 minutes per hour while awake for 3 days, then as desired Compression : Ace wrap Elevation : above the level of your heart (about a 30 degree elevation) Maintain range of motion Ankle support II Moderate impairment with incomplete ligament tear Symptoms: severe swelling and discoloration, pain with bearing weight; need exam to confirm Treatment: See above III Complete ligament tear Symptoms: inability to walk; positive exam result Treatment: Possibly surgery ; (best to consult a Podiatric foot and ankle surgeon) Physical therapy If you have sustained an ankle sprain, it is best to consult a podiatrist. A physical exam combined with pertinent diagnostic tests can mean the difference between a good recovery an ongoing physical problems. This is not something you want to diagnose yourself.