An ankle sprain is one of the most common medical ailments with almost 25,000 occurring each day. These injuries often occur during sports but can also occur around the house as a result of uneven ground or missing a stair.
Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments responsible for keeping the ankle in line are overstretched or torn due to rolling, twisting or turning the ankle. These motions force the ligaments to extend past their natural range of motion. Some patients note hearing a “pop” when the injury occurs.
While most sprained ankles do not require immediate medical attention, it may be necessary to treat the injury in an effort to avoid compensatory or secondary injuries to a sprained ankle. The restricted mobility and soreness of the ankle may force an altered stride or gait they can damage the shins, knees and hips, when left untreated.
Signs and symptoms of an Ankle Sprain may include:
- Pain when putting weight on the ankle
- Sensitivity to touch