What is an Ankle Sprain?
An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle suddenly twists. It causes damage to the soft tissues and ligaments surrounding the ankle joint.
The ankle ligament stabilizes the ankle joint. A ligament consists of several strands of tissue all compacted together to form a strong structure. Sometimes, an ankle sprain may cause a partial or complete tear of a ligament.
When an ankle sprain occurs, the patient may hear a pop or snap.
An ankle sprain is a common walking and sporting injury.
Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain
Some of the most common symptoms of an ankle sprain are:
Types of Ankle Sprains
What causes an Ankle Sprain?
Most ankle sprains are caused by a sudden twist of the ankle. The sudden twist may be caused by:
How are Ankle Sprains treated?
you believe you have sprained your ankle, apply ice or an ice pack on it immediately.
The ice will help decrease the swelling. Next, visit your doctor so he can take
an x-ray to make sure that it is not broken.
In severe cases, surgery may be needed to repair the tendons supporting the ankle.
It usually takes about 3 to 7 weeks to fully recover. It may take a few months
for swelling to completely go away.
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