How does a sprained ankle injury happen? A sprained ankle occurs when you roll, twist, or turn your ankle in an awkward way. When you sprain your ankle, you stretch or tear the ligaments that help hold your ankle bones together. The injury itself can range from mild to severe, depending on how much damage there is to the ligaments. Recovery time varies depending on a lot of factors. However, the majority of ankle sprains are minor injuries that will heal with time and simple home treatments such as rest and ice.
Some of the common causes of ankle sprains are listed below:
Everyone experiences a different range of symptoms when they sprain their ankle, depending on the severity of the injury.
Common symptoms include:
After you sprain your ankle once, you are more prone to sprain it again. Take note of these prevention tips to avoid a recurring ankle sprain.
Treatment for sprained ankles depends on the severity of the injury. Some ankles injuries take longer than others to heal. Sometimes self-care measures and over-the-counter pain medications are all you need, however, If your ankle is swollen and painful to walk on for more than 72 hours, it’s time to see a doctor.
Many doctors recommend the R.I.C.E. approach for the first three days after obtaining an ankle sprain:
At the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County, we have numerous doctors on staff that can treat your injury and rehabilitate you so that this doesn’t become a chronic injury. If you are experiencing pain, swelling, or discomfort after 72 hours, please call us at 561-967-5600 to make an appointment.