A sprain occurs when a ligament or multiple ligaments are injured by stretching or tearing. Sprains are usually the result of fall, sudden twist, or any other blow that forces a joint to leave its normal position. When the joint is out of its regular position, the ligament supporting the joint overstretches or tears. The ankle is one of the most common spots for a sprain.
Symptoms of sprains usually come on quickly. The greater the pain and swelling, the more severe the injury is.
Common symptoms include:
Most minor sprains can be managed with RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate), but more severe sprains could require further attention. If you do not see improvement in a sprain after two or three days, you should see a doctor. You should get immediate medical assistance if you can’t use the joint at all, you develop redness or streaks, or you have re-injured an area that has been injured numerous times in the past. Symptoms can be reduced with the following: