Foot and Ankle Injuries - Q&A with Dr. Casey Humbyrdyour
NCBI Bookshelf. If you twist your ankle, it may swell up and hurt. This is usually a sign that the ankle is sprained. In other words, one or more ankle ligaments and the surrounding tissue are injured. Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries.
An ankle sprain is an injury to the tough bands of tissue ligaments that surround and connect the bones of the leg to the foot. The injury typically happens when you accidentally twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your ankle bones and joints together. All ligaments have a specific range of motion and boundaries that allow them to keep the joints stabilized. When ligaments surrounding the ankle are pushed past these boundaries, it causes a sprain.
Most of the time, you will begin to feel the symptoms of an ankle sprain right after it is injured. Symptoms of an ankle sprain almost always include:. If the sprain is more serious, you may feel a tearing sensation when the ankle is injured and hear a pop or snap. You may also notice:. As a general rule, the more pain and swelling you have with your sprain, the more serious it is, and the longer it may take to heal. If you notice the symptoms of a more severe sprain, you should see your healthcare provider for treatment. Most of the time, an ankle sprain is caused by an over-extension in the ankle joint, such as twisting too much, or rolling more than the joint is supposed to normally move.
There are many reasons to fake a sprained ankle. Perhaps you want to avoid participating in gym class or need sympathy from your parents. A sprained ankle, unlike a broken bone, is a soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injuries are difficult to diagnose and are easy injuries to fake. When faking a sprained ankle it is important to know how to fake the pain, bandage your ankle, and remain convincing during the duration of the fake sprain. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
The amount of pain in each case can be virtually equal. So, oftentimes the only way to find out what you have is to see a healthcare provider. Ligaments stabilize and support the body's joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the upper leg with the lower leg. This lets you walk and run. Tendons are cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Breaks are a fracture, chip, or complete break in bone, often caused by accidents, sports injuries or bone weakness.