What actually is a sprained ankle?
I’m sure we’re all quite familiar with rolling our ankle, but what happens when we roll our ankle, and is it more serious than some people think?
The ankle joint is surrounded by a number of ligaments on both sides of the ankle. These bands of fibres are designed to prevent excessive movement and to keep the ankle stable.
When the ankle is rolled either during a fall, while we’re running, or landing from a jump, these ligaments become overstretched, torn, or even completely ruptured… which can result in quite a lot of pain and swelling.
Physiotherapists grade ankle sprains and other ligament injuries on a scale of 1-3. The graphic below shows a comparison of the least severe grade 1 injury, which is the stretching of ligament fibres, to a grade 3 injury, a complete rupture of the ligament.