Posts in Ankle Sprains
I sprained my ankle- what should I do?

By Adrienne Tawney PT, DPT
Clinical Director
Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists- West Clinic

Ankle sprains are one of the most common orthopedic injuries that people sustain.  These can occur with an awkward step, landing wrong from a jump, or slipping on ice.  With an ankle sprain there is an injury to the ligaments of the ankle. Ligaments are the bands of tissue that stabilize a joint.  When a ligament is stretched too far, it can partially or completely tear the ligaments.

Ankle sprains can be either inversion sprains or eversion sprains.  An inversion sprain is the most common type of sprain, happening 90% of the time.  This happens when the foot falls inward. This type of sprain stretches the outer ligaments too far, and can cause a tear.  A majority of the pain will be on the outside of the ankle. Eversion sprains occur when the foot is twisted outwards. This will stress the inner ligaments and will present more pain on the inside of the ankle.

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