The ankle joint consists of numerous ligaments on the inside and the outside of your ankle that support and help the ankle joint function. An ankle sprain typically occurs when your twist or roll your ankle. Common ways this can occur is during activities such as sports, falls, activities on uneven surfaces, jumping, and falls. This places strain on these ligaments that are helping to stabilize your joint. Most of the time, the injury occurs on the outside part of the ankle and involves one or more of the three primary ligaments that are responsible for stabilization.
The severity of your sprain typically determines a strain, partial tear, full tear involving 1 or more of these ligaments. You may experience pain, dysfunction, swelling, tenderness, bruising, and a popping sensation.
Left untreated, this can lead to recurrent sprains, arthritis, and chronic instability.
Diagnosis starts with a thorough clinical evaluation and X-rays of the ankle. Your specialist may recommend advanced imaging studies such as MRI, CT or ultrasound to determine the extent of your injury. It is essential to evaluate whether any other pathology is present (such as an OCD). It is important to not delay treatment so come see our specialists today for a proper evaluation and a recommended treatment plan.
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