Ankle Sprains

What are Ankle Sprains?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. Sprains can range from mild (slightly stretched ligaments) to severe (complete ligament tears).

What are the signs and symptoms of Ankle Sprains?

  • Pain, especially when bearing weight on the affected foot
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Restricted range of motion
  • A popping sensation or sound at the time of injury
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Instability in the ankle

Ankle Sprains FAQ

Ankle sprains often result from a fall, sudden twist, or impact that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Activities that involve rolling or twisting the feet, such as running, jumping, or abrupt changes in direction, can lead to sprains.

Mild to moderate ankle sprains often heal on their own with proper home care, including rest, ice, compression, and elevation. However, severe sprains may require medical intervention to ensure proper healing and to prevent long-term issues.

Treatment varies depending on the severity of the sprain but can include rest, ice, compression wraps or braces, elevation, physical therapy, and, in severe cases, surgery to repair the damaged ligament(s).

You should seek medical attention if you cannot walk on the foot without significant pain, if there is severe swelling or bruising, if symptoms do not improve with home treatment, or if you suspect a fracture.

Recovery time depends on the sprain’s severity: mild sprains may take 1-3 weeks, moderate sprains 3-6 weeks, and severe sprains several months. Following a rehabilitation program can help speed recovery.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.