Have you ever landed awkwardly on your foot after jumping? Or you walked on uneven pavement and unexpectedly, regrettably twisted your ankle? A sprained ankle hurts! It’s an all-too-common sports injury, too. Basketball players, as well as those who play tennis, football, and soccer, can easily sprain their ankle while rolling or twisting their feet on uneven surfaces.
When a sprain occurs, it’s because the bands of tissue (known as ligaments) holding your ankle together get stretched and/or torn. Forced beyond their normal range of motion, these ligaments may then swell or bruise up and cause pain, especially when weight is placed on the affected foot.
Ankle sprains may require an X-ray, MRI or CT scan by a doctor to see the details of what occurred underneath the skin. A doctor looks for soft tissue damage and/or broken bones. Treatment may include taking pain relievers like Ibuprofen, physical therapy, and/or using devices like crutches or splints.
It’s generally a good idea to rest your foot if you think you’ve sprained your ankle. Put an ice pack on it for 15 minutes at a time. You can also compress the ankle with an elastic bandage until swelling subsides.
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