A sprained ankle is a condition when the ligaments of the ankle are torn or stretched. It can happen while doing sports or any daily activity. Rest, ice packing, compression and elevation can reduce the blood flow to the affected area. Medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers may be used to reduce the symptoms. If a sprained ankle is not treated properly, it can lead to a chronic inflammation.
A sprain of the ankle generally happens on the outside or lateral side of the ankle. Such sprains affect numerous people during various activities. A sprained ankle can also be associated with a fracture of the ankle. However, the sprain happens most commonly in isolation. There are people who are naturally predisposed to such a sprain. When a person has a hindfoot varus, the general posture or nature of his heels is turned a bit inward, this makes an ankle more prone for a sprain since it is easier for him to shift on his ankle. People who had a history of serious sprains can turn also easily their ankle again and this can cause another sprain. Instability is among the major risk factors of a sprain and people with weak muscles along the external side of the ankle are more likely to have a sprained ankle.
The cause of sprained ankle is mainly the injury happening to the ligaments of the ankle. This injury can happen during walking, running, doing sports, accidents, falling from a height, a twist and the like. It can happen anytime and anywhere. A previous ankle injury may weaken the structure of the ankle and may lead to a higher risk of getting a sprained ankle. A sprained ankle may result in a swollen and inflamed ankle, and bring on symptoms like pain and soreness on the affected area. A sprained ankle will also increase difficulty in walking. Furthermore, in cases that it gets worse, it can become a chronic inflammation.
The treatments of a sprained ankle include rest, ice packing, compression, elevation and medications. Rest, ice packing, compression and elevation, which is known as RICE, can reduce blood and fluid flow to the affected ankle. It can prevent further swelling and discomfort. In addition, medication such as anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers may be use to relieve the inflammation and pain.
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