“The Sprained Ankle”
This is one of the most common medical conditions affecting the human ankle. It
usually involves a tear or partial tear of one or more ligaments. The injury
will cause fluid leakage and the tissue surrounding the joint will swell. The
swelling will add to the pain of the injury and will worsen as the pressure
increases. The area will generally become warm and red as blood flow increases.
Joint mobility will be reduced. The most common type of ankle sprain is an
Inverted Ankle Sprain, affecting the ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
This injury accounts for 70% to 85% of all ankle sprains. Treatment commonly
consists of “RICE” (rest, icing, compression, elevation) or “PRICE”(protection,
rest, icing, compression, elevation). Walking boots and bracing are also
generally used in treating this condition.