An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more of the ligaments or tendons that provide stability to the ankle. Some ankle sprains are much worse than others. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligaments and tendons are stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as the number of ligaments and tendons involved. It usually involves the outside of the ankle and can include the peroneal tendons, talofibular ligaments, and/or calcaneofibular ligament. More rarely it involves the inside of the ankle and the tibialis posterior tendon.
Sprained ankles often result from a fall, sudden twist, or blow that forces the ankle joint out of its normal position. Sometimes ankle sprains occur because of weak ankles, or previous ankle injuries can weaken the tendons and ligaments and lead to sprains.
Signs and symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, difficulty walking, and stiffness of the joint. They may vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the sprain. If you think you’ve sprained your ankle, or call our office at 615-452-8899 or click here to schedule your appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, immediately begin using RICE to help reduce swelling, pain, and further injury. It is important to see Dr. Mendoza right away – an untreated ankle sprain may lead to chronic ankle instability and it is important to check for bone fractures with an x-ray or MRI.