An ankle sprain is one of the most common orthopedic injuries. Sprained ankles can happen when you are participating in physical fitness activities or by simply stepping on pavement that is not leveled.
What Does A Sprained Ankle Look Like?
The ankle bones and joints are held together by ligaments. These ligaments act as a protective barrier when the ankle is suddenly forced into an abnormal movement such as rolling or twisting of the foot.
Ligaments are compromised of a structure that is elastic. Under normal circumstances, ligaments generally stretch within certain limits and then snap back to their normal placement. However, when your ligaments are pushed beyond this normal point, an ankle sprain is the result. A sprain that is severe signifies that the actual elastic fibers have been torn.
Symptoms of a sprained ankle can include:
- Pain or discomfort when you put all of your weight on the affected foot
- Limit of motion
- Lack of stability with the ankle
- Can feel or sound like the ankle is popping at the time of injury
Treatment for a sprained ankle may include:
- Stay off the affected foot. Use an ice pack for swelling.
- Medicate with over the counter pain relievers such as Aleve, Advil or Motrin.
- Limit walking on the affected foot. Utilize crutches for support until the ankle fully heals.