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Ankle Sprain


An ankle sprain is a condition where there is partial or complete tear of the ligaments of the
ankle due to sudden stretching. The pain is initially severe and can be associated with a
“popping” sensation. Immediate swelling over the area of injury often occurs as the injured
blood vessels leak fluid into the local tissue.

How did I get this?

This typically occurs when the ankle is suddenly “twisted” in a sports activity or by stepping off an uneven surface.

What can I do about it?

  • Ice packs.
  • Rest – Limiting the amount of walking and weight bearing on the injured ankle.
  • Elevate to reduce swelling.
  • Apply compression bandage.

What help can I get for this?

  • Seek the advice of a podiatrist for further assessment and strapping, bracing or immobilisation.
  • In case of severe injuries you may need immobilization in a cam walker.
  • Orthopedic surgery if there is complete tear.

When will it get better?

  • Recovery depends on the severity of the injury.
  • For minor injuries, people can usually return to normal activities within several days.
  • For very severe sprains it may take longer, possibly up to several weeks.