Ankle sprains are the most common ankle injuries and involve stretching and possibly tearing of ligaments around the ankle. Nearly 85% of ankle sprains occur to the outside aspect of the ankle joint when you roll your ankle.
Many sprains occur when participating in sports, or by twisting the ankle when walking on an uneven surface. Some individuals, due to their bone structure or foot type, are more prone to ankle sprains.
Symptoms vary depending on the severity of the sprain. Often, the ankle is tender, swollen, and discolored. The ankle can be quite painful to touch. Initially walking is usually painful, and the degree of the pain usually depends on the severity of the sprain. A feel of instability may occur, especially in sever ankle sprains when ligaments are torn.
Ankle sprains can be divided into several classifications
You should see a Physiotherapist as soon as possible after injury to prevent complications and ensure speedy recovery.
If you have an ankle sprain, you should apply the “PRICE “ formula to help minimize swelling and decrease pain.
Most ankle sprains heal in 6 to 8 weeks. In severe cases, ligaments may require more healing time.