What is a Sprained Ankle?

A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries that occur and mainly occurs during sport. It is generally caused by the ligaments in your ankle being overstretched. There are different levels of a sprained ankle which are: minor abrasion to the ligament, a partial or complete tear of the tissue.

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Causes of a Sprained Ankle

Sprained ankles often occur when the ankle join is forced out of its normal position due to unexpected movement. This can be from a range of activities from sports, inappropriate footwear or even just walking on uneven surfaces.


Depending on the severity of the sprain, a sprained ankle will usually produce a sharp pain within the area of the tear.

Common symptoms of a sprained ankle will include:

  • Swelling of the area around the ligament
  • Bruising (Both swelling and bruising are strong indicators of how severe the sprain is)
  • Applying weight and pressure on the foot results in acute pain to the ankle
  • Pain caused by touching or moving the injured area

More severe sprains will produce:

  • An actual “pop” or tearing sensation in the ligament
  • Extreme pain in the affected area of the ankle without touch or movement
  • Complete inability to apply any weight or pressure on the foot


Just like many of the muscles and ligaments in your body, you can rehabilitate and condition them to be stronger and increase its chances to withstand minor twists or rolls. Ankle stability is a key factor to being susceptible to a sprained ankle. We recommend you seek professional advice (Physiotherapist or GP) on the severity and the remediation of your injury.

Although it is important to note:

  • Rehab and conditioning exercises do NOT mean you will never get a sprained ankle again. They are only exercises that gradually increase the strength and stability of your ankles to reduce risk.
  • Applying ice to the affected area immediately after a sprain will help reduce swelling and bruising, but is only a cautionary measure taken to stop the injury from becoming worse than it already is (ice by itself does not repair the muscle or ligaments).

Consult with our brace advisor here for further information about. The brace advisor can aid you at any stage: supports to prevent sprained ankles and how to recover quickly from a sprained ankle.

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