Acute injuries of the ankle are among the most common injuries of the musculo-skeletal system. A twisting mechanism is the most common injury pattern that results in either a fracture (break) or ligament injury (sprain). An ankle sprain occurs when the strong ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits and tear. They range from mild to severe, depending upon how much damage there is to the ligaments.
Most sprains are minor injuries that heal with home treatments like rest and applying ice. However, if your ankle is very swollen and painful to walk on — or if you are having trouble putting weight on your ankle at all, you should have it reviewed. Without proper treatment and rehabilitation, a more severe sprain can weaken your ankle—making it more likely that you will injure it again. Repeated ankle sprains can lead to long-term problems, including chronic ankle pain, arthritis, and ongoing instability.
Acute ankle injuries will be seen promptly.