About your injury
A sprained ankle is one of the most common soft tissue injuries seen in practice. A sprain is when a ligament is stretched or partially torn. Severe sprains can lead to complete tearing of ligaments. Sometimes, an ankle sprain can lead to a break of the bone in the ankle.
How did it happen?
95% of ankle sprains occur when your foot turns inwards and the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are over-stretched. They are very common in sports that involve running, jumping and turning such as football, rugby, basketball and netball. Falling over wearing high heels is another common cause.
What are the symptoms?
Typical symptoms include initially hearing a loud crack and a sense of giving way. The twisting can cause immense pain and lead to difficulty weight-bearing. Over the next 48 hours, swelling and discolouration on the outside of the ankle are usually present.
What should I do?
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