Many people have sprained their ankles at some point in their lives. Your ankle ligaments are damaged if you have swelling and pain in your ankle following an ankle sprain. Your ankle ligaments are either strained or torn in this scenario.
Ankle sprains are rather common, although they are not always minor ailments. People who suffer from recurring and severe sprains may develop long-term ankle pain and weakness.
HOW DO ANKLE SPRAINS OCCUR?
Many types of ankle sprains are caused by playing soccer or other contact sports. Typically, the ankle twists outward and the foot inside, and the ligaments on the ankle's outer (lateral) side are injured. The ligaments on the inner (medial) side of the ankle are injured when the ankle bends inside and the foot turns outward.
Ankle ligament injury can range from mild to severe. This depends on how many ligaments are injured and how severely. If there is a slight swelling after a sprain and there is not much problem with putting weight on the ankle, it is considered that the ligaments are mildly torn or strained. If there is severe swelling and bruising in the affected part of the ankle after the sprain and it is very painful to put weight on the ankle, this indicates that several ligaments have been torn.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AN ANKLE SPRAIN?
The majority of sprains cause pain in the affected area. The degree of swelling and bruising is proportional to the severity of the sprain. When you touch the area, you will feel discomfort and agony when you put a load on it.
In more severe sprains, you will feel a crunch in the location of the injury, which will be followed by extreme pain, and swelling and bruising will develop swiftly. Walking is frequently difficult following such an injury.
The more swelling, pain and bruising you have in your ankle, the greater the damage to your ankle ligaments and the longer it will take to heal.