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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 helps 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.
What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?
The main difference between a sprain and a strain: A sprain injures the tissue that connects the bones together, while a strain injures a muscle or the tissue that attaches muscle to bone.
What are the symptoms of a sprain?
Pain, tenderness, limited motion, and weakness around the injured area. Sometimes the sprained area will swell and bruise. Some people may hear a pop in the joint at the time of injury.
What causes an ankle sprain?
A sprain occurs when you overextend or tear a ligament while severely stressing a joint. Sprains often occur in the following circumstances:
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. For example, walking or exercising on an uneven surface or landing awkwardly from a jump can result in an ankle sprain.