An Ankle Sprain is the result of twisting of the ankle (in either direction), which causes a partial or full tear of the ligaments that secure the ankle together. The severity of the ankle sprain determines the medical treatment.
Improper care following an Ankle Sprain can lead to a more severe foot & ankle injury and impact potential healing problems. If you sprain your ankle, immobilize your ankle and apply ice. You should seek professional medical care from your podiatrist for a thorough evaluation as well as treatment options. Treatment of ankle sprains may involve splinting, physical therapy and in severe cases surgery.
More severe ankle sprain injuries include complete tears of the ligaments of the foot, and fractures of the bone(s) which may require different nonsurgical or surgical treatment.