What is a Sprain?

Sprained ankles occur when the ankle forcefully twists or turns in an unnatural way. This unnatural movement can damage or stretch the ligaments in the ankle joint that help stabilize the foot.

The stabilization provided by Ligaments help prevent movement beyond a standard range of motion. In most cases, ankle sprains tend to roll outwards, damaging the ligaments on the outer edge of the foot.

Ankle sprains come in a variety of grades depending on the severity of the injury, which also determines treatment options. Most cases of sprained ankles will heal on their own with rest and pain management medication, although patients should still consult with an orthopedic specialist to evaluate serious sprains and diagnose an appropriate treatment.