- An ankle sprain is a condition where there is partial or complete tear of the ligaments of the
ankle due to sudden stretching. The pain is initially severe and can be associated with a
“popping” sensation. Immediate swelling over the area of injury often occurs as the injured
blood vessels leak fluid into the local tissue.
How did I get this?
- This typically occurs when the ankle is suddenly “twisted” in a sports activity or by stepping off an uneven surface.
What can I do about it?
- Ice packs.
- Rest – Limiting the amount of walking and weight bearing on the injured ankle.
- Elevate to reduce swelling.
- Apply compression bandage.
What help can I get for this?
- Seek the advice of a podiatrist for further assessment and strapping, bracing or immobilisation.
- In case of severe injuries you may need immobilization in a cam walker.
- Orthopedic surgery if there is complete tear.
When will it get better?
- Recovery depends on the severity of the injury.
- For minor injuries, people can usually return to normal activities within several days.
- For very severe sprains it may take longer, possibly up to several weeks.