FAQ028: What happens when you get an ankle sprain?

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries to happen to the foot/lower leg. But what happens when we get an ankle sprain?

Usually it happens because (for whatever reason, hopefully not too embarrassing) our foot is forced into a position where it is forced inwards and pointed. This is called an inversion ankle.

Often, this happens if we are walking on uneven ground, are walking on ground and hit a pot hole, are dancing or it can just be a fluke! For me it would probably be the fluke that caused it!

What happens if we’ve had a bad sprain?

When this happens, there are ligaments along the outside part of the ankle that can be stretch or torn. If you’ve ever had a bad ankle sprain, this would be the bruising that wraps around the back of the ankle towards the heel. It can make swelling quite a big deal as well.

How do we fix it?

As we’ll talk about in later videos, because you have disrupted the ligaments in your ankle, the muscles now have to pick up the slack. But it takes time for them to get stronger to be able to help out. It is why when you are doing physiotherapy for an ankle sprain, you are given exercises to work on stretching and balance. These are two things that you can lose if you’ve hurt your ankle (but more on that later!)

Check out the video to learn more and tell me what you think! If you have any questions, just let us know.

Little behind on some of the videos? Check out some of our past episodes! Here is one on what osteoporosis is. We even did an article on osteoporosis called Brittle Enough to Break that you can check out too!

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Christina Prevett

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