Ankle sprains are the most prevalent joint injury. Ankles are not designed to sustain large forces, especially when the ankle is turned. The force on an ankle can be up to four times your bodyweight! A sprain is caused by an overstretched or torn ligament as a result of excessive force placed on the joint. Ligaments are very tough and serve to maintain joint integrity but traumatic force application (i.e., large impact from a fall or jump) can compromise the tissues when a joint is unstable. The most common ankle sprain occurs when the ankle lands with an inward rotation. The awkward landing excessively stretches the ligaments on the outside of the ankle, usually resulting in some tearing.
Ankle sprains are graded by the degree of damage:
Treatment for ankle sprains includes the following:
Brian Danley, CFT
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