Ankle pains hit when the fibers of the ligaments in your feet, which support the ankle, are injured or stretched. Ligaments on the lateral, or external part of the ankle are more injured most of the time than the ligaments in the middle, or internal part of the ankle. The severity of the sprained ankle will determine the amount of lapse time from physical activities and the type of rehabilitation for recovery. While the injury depends greatly, some typical treatment and rehabilitation procedures are appropriate for ankle sprains.
The pain at one side or both sides of the ankle include:
- swelling, usually extensive, throughout the ankle joint
- soft to touch the skin on your ankle
- inability to bear weight or move the ankle
- bruising or redness of the skin of the ankle
- strange sound like a pop or snap in an extreme sprain
When these symptoms occur immediately or soon after bending or twisting your ankle, it is a sign that you have an ankle sprain. For accurate diagnosis and confirmation whether you have an ankle fracture or muscle strain, it is best to see a medical doctor immediately.
After the injury happens, ice may be applied to the ankle and the leg should be elevated above the level of the heart for around 20 minutes. After the cold compress, an elastic bandage should be applied to the ankle to provide compression to alleviate the swelling. The combination of rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.) should be consistently done for a minimum of 48 hours.