The type of the ankle injury in question is certainly regarded as one of the most frequent kinds of athletic injury altogether. Some other familiar names for it include such as sprained, twisted, turned ankle and also ankle sprain. It is of quite unpredictable nature in the sense that it can be brought about in various seemingly unharmful situations – running down or up the stairs, change from one type of surface to another in the course of some athletic and even routine daily activities such as mere walking, jogging or even upon leaving one’s bed in the morning.
This type of injury is most often to befall our fragile ankles in those situations when a person in question sets his/her foot on a “bumpy” surface in the course of running, or if a person jumps for some reason. Of course, just as with any joint in our body, the one located in our ankle is also comprised of ligaments, bones and tendons. The main bones found in the ankle are known as the tibia, fibula and talus, and are commonly kept together and in proper position by ligaments. In situations where the ankle joint goes through a rather more intense and extreme movement, the stress it has to sustain becomes even greater, which in most cases directly induces the rupture in the ligaments. Direct consequence of this is the occurrence of inflammation and swelling of the surrounding ankle tissues.
What to watch out from
Due to its unordinary nature; it makes the specification of small number of culprits a bit difficult. Certainly, considered as the most common cause is the improper movement of the ankle during some physical activity. Those people whose muscles and ligaments are to some extent already weakened are at a far greater risk of suffering from a sprained ankle and thus should be even more careful, and pay much more attention to the way they move in order to avoid getting injured.
Some of the most frequently occurring manifestations of this type of ankle injury include tenderness of the joint, redness and sensation of warmth in the joint and surrounding area, pain (mild to severe), swelling, the occurrence of bruises and impaired functioning of the joint itself due to the severity of the injury. In order to provide relief to your ankle and speed up the entire recovery process, a lot of rest is highly recommended, accompanied by the application of ice packs and compression wraps, as well as keeping the injured ankle in the elevated position as long as possible, and as high as possible.