Ankle Sprain

This article does not constitute as medical advice.
If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor or make an appointment.

What is an Ankle Sprain?

When ligaments supporting the bones and joints of the ankle are subjected to sudden and uneven load bearing they get pushed, stretched, and/or torn resulting in a sprain. Most sprains are mild injuries and can be treated simply with rest and an ice pack. However, if the pain is severe or persists, medical treatment may be necessary. Ankle Sprains can happen to almost anyone, but they are quite common in athletes.

Causes of an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are some of the most common foot injuries that can happen to anyone, almost anywhere, at any time from simply stepping off the curb to participating in elite sports.  However, some people are more prone to ankle sprains than others.

Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain

  • Swelling and heaviness in the ankle
  • Painful movement of the ankle
  • Difficulty in weight-bearing or walking may be painful
  • Feeling of weakness or ankle gives away easily

Sprained Ankle Treatment 

  • Use an ice pack on the injury at regular intervals
  • Raise and rest the ankle
  • Use an analgesic gel or an oral nonsteroid anti-inflammatory drug as prescribed by health care professionals
  • Strapping and compression bandages may also be used for supporting the injured ligament. It is important to note that wrapping your ankle helps reduce swelling, but does not completely prevent it from moving!
  • Some sprains may require a cast or splint and crutches
  • Very severe sprains may require surgical correction and tightening of the ligament.
Infograph of types of ankle sprains

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