Sprained Ankle

An ankle sprain is a common injury and usually results when the ankle is twisted, or turned in (inverted). The term sprain signifies injury to the soft tissues, usually the ligaments, of the ankle

Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones together. They keep your joints stable and prevent excessive movement.

A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments are forced beyond their normal range of motion or stretched too far, resulting in them tearing, either completely or partially.

How does an ankle sprain occur?

A sprained ankle occurs following a sudden sideways or twisting movement of the foot. An ankle sprain can occur whilst exercising or during everyday activities. All it takes is an awkward step or an uneven surface to cause an ankle sprain - this is why sprained ankles are among the most common orthopedic injuries.

 

 

Diagram of the Foot looking from the side. It shows the ligaments that are commonly torn in ankle sprains
Diagram of the Foot looking from the side. It shows the ligaments that are commonly torn in ankle sprains
28 September, 2011