Article by J. A sprained ankle occurs when your ankle ligaments are overstretched. Ankle sprains vary in their severity, from mild "twisted ankle" or "rolled ankle" sprain through to severe complete ligament ruptures, avulsion fractures or broken bones. Ankle sprains can occur simply by rolling your ankle on some unstable ground.
John Davine, M. A sprained ankle is a very common injury. A sprained ankle can happen to athletes and non-athletes, children and adults. It can happen when you take part in sports or even by stepping on an uneven surface. Ankle sprains occur when the foot twists, turns or rolls beyond its normal motions. A sprain can also occur if the foot is planted unevenly on a surface, beyond the normal force of stepping. This causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range in an abnormal position.
If you can't avoid walking, try to use crutches or a cane. Stay off the injured area as much as possible and allow your body's natural healing elements to come into play. The best way to apply ice to your tender ankle is to use a bag of frozen peas or corn, as the bag will wrap around your leg easily. Apply ice for no more than 20 minutes at a time otherwise you could end up with freezer burn and tissue damage about three to five times a day for the first two to three days after the injury. Space your ice applications evenly throughout the day.
Jump to content. Top of the page Check Your Symptoms. At one time or another, everyone has had a minor toe, foot, or ankle injury that caused pain or swelling. Most of the time our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.