At some point in your life you may have experienced an ankle sprain. You may have had one from a sports related or dance injury. Sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Treatment type and duration may depend on the degree of damage done. Ankle sprains, if not suitably treated, may develop into long-term complications.
The following are major symptoms of ankle sprains: pain following a twist or injury, swelling, and bruising.
Treatment includes but is not limited to resting, elevating, and icing the ankle to reduce swelling. Compressive bandages (ACE bandages) may also be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing. Some serious ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.
To prevent ankle sprains, we highly recommend maintaining strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through both exercise and stretching. We also emphasize wearing suitable shoes to help preventing such injuries.