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Sprained AnklesWhat is an Ankle Sprain? An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, most common injury in football is an inversion sprain which is an injury on the lateral ligament of the ankle. Ligaments connect one bone to another and bind the joints together, they are not much elastic because they have to give stability to the ankle joint limiting side-to-side movement.
Some ankle sprains are worse than others usually a grade is given to describe the gravity, grade 1 the ligament is stretched, grade 2 partially torn, grade 3 sometime means completely torn. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments. Why do ankle Sprain? Sprained ankles often result from a fall, a twist, or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Ankle sprains occur while participating in sports, wearing inappropriate shoes, or walking or running on an uneven surface as often happens while hill walking, in modern times also ankle injuries occur while on a night out dancing wearing high heels, falling down steps and other similar conditions. Sometimes ankle sprains occur because of weak ankles, a condition that some people are born with. Signs and Symptoms The signs and symptoms of ankle sprains may include:
* Pain or soreness
* Difficulty walking
* Stiffness in the joint
These symptoms may vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the sprain. Sometimes pain and swelling are absent in people with previous ankle sprains—instead, they may simply feel the ankle is wobbly and unsteady when they walk. Even if you don’t have pain or swelling with a sprained ankle, treatment is crucial.Any ankle sprain medical attention.Consult your Doctor or Physiotherapist.
In the meantime, immediately begin using
R.I.C.E. = Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation to help reduce swelling, pain, and further injury.
Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2009 09:34