A sprain occurs when the connective tissues are stretched or torn, leaving them weak and unstable. If left untreated, permanent weakness leading to more sprains may occur. This is why proper rehabilitation is so important.
Each subsequent sprain leads to further weakening, which results in greater instability and the likelihood of developing more problems with the ankle, such as chronic ankle instability
If you think you have sprained your ankle, have it evaluated to determine if treatment is needed.
Treatment for a sprain may include:
- Physical therapy - training specific to your activity or sport
- Bracing - to gain support for the ankle and to prevent further damage to the ankle
- Medications - to reduce pain and inflammation
- Surgery - if damage to the ligaments is severe, surgery may be necessary to return stability to the ankle