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Ankle Joint Injuries & Sprains

A sprain is an injury to ankle ligaments - the structures responsible for holding the ankle in the appropriate alignment. Depending on the position of the foot and the motion of the body, different ligaments may be injured. The most commonly affected ligaments are those on the outside or lateral aspect of the ankle. The typical mechanism by which these occur is rolling the ankle with the foot pointed down and inward. The severity of the ankle sprain is dictated by multiple factors, the most important of which is the energy imparted by the injury to the ankle.

Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain refers to the tearing of a ligament or ligaments in the ankle. Most people have twisted their ankle at one point in their life, but if your ankle becomes inflamed and painful after you twist it, you may have stretched, torn, or sprained the lateral part of your ankle. This is the most common ankle injury and it can occur with very little physical activity.