An ankle sprain can happen when there is a sudden twist or sideways movements of the ankle (sometimes caused by footwear, sometimes it's slip/accident, sometimes it's uneven ground etc).
Usually, whenever we sprain our ankle, there is at least one or sometimes more ligaments in our ankle joint that gets overstretched and injured.
Ligaments work to keep our joints stable and secure, and this includes preventing excessive/over-stretching movements from/in our joints - when we sprain a joint, the usually simply means that we had over-stretched the ligament of that particular joint to become:
The common symptoms associated with ankle sprains will/may include:
How "bad" the symptoms directly correlate with the severity of ankle sprain injury...so if you find that you have very very serious/bad ankle sprain symptoms, we highly recommend that you seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Ankle sprain symptoms that should be immediate red flags include:
Often, it can be very hard for differential diagnosis between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture, and in some cases, an ankle X-Ray IS required.
It's dependent on the attending doctor to determine if a foot and ankle X-ray is required, and more often than not, X-rays are only medically required if patient experiences/feels bony pain in the malleolar or midfoot area, and any one of the following symptoms:
Of course, there are certain groups of individuals that are excluded:
Why determining need for ankle foot X-ray or not, will help t: