Are there different degrees of sprain? Mild sprain: There is only a little stretching of the ligaments. Moderate sprain: There is a combination of stretching and a little tearing of the ligament. Severe sprain: There is a complete tear of the ligament.
Anatomic Classifications 1 Grade I ankle sprain – lateral ligaments are strained (overstretched) 2 Grade II ankle sprain – partial tearing of one or several of these ligaments 3 Grade III ankle sprain – complete rupture (tear) one or more of the lateral ligaments
The inversion ankle sprain is the most common type of sprain and occurs when the foot falls inward and stretches the outer ligaments too far. Pain occurs on the outside of the ankle and not on the inside of the ankle.