The ankle joint which joins the foot to the lower leg is often injured from unnatural twisting, stepping on uneven ground or from placing the foot down with undue stress or pressure. A sprained ankle can occur during sports or even during ordinary activities, like going down stairs or even getting out of bed and is one of the most common orthopedic injuries treated by therapists.
Ankle injuries are common in athletes, gymnasts, team sports players and can become a persisting injury if not treated properly when the injury first occurs. A weak ankle is a common left over injury from an ankle break or a sprained ankle but this does not need to be the case if the injury is treated properly and physical therapy session are attended during the healing process.
After a bad sprain it is advised to have an x-ray to determine whether or not the bone is broken but sprains can be surprisingly painful and often are more painful than breaks. Sprains can also take a good deal longer to heal than a break. Sprains need to be properly strapped for many months after the injury to prevent turning the injured ankle and prolonging the healing. The severity of a sprain can vary depending on whether or not tendons have torn away from the bone and an orthopedic specialist will be able to determine the severity after a detailed diagnosis of the injury.
If you have recently sustained a sprained ankle it is advisable to have an orthopedic practitioner examine the injury and recommend a course of treatment, to ensure you are not left with a long term injury or weak ankle. A course of physical therapy is usually recommended and over time the ankle joint will regain its strength and mobility and you can resume playing sports and doing normal activities as soon as possible.