A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments that support the ankle are stretched beyond their limits. When this occurs, the ligaments are torn which causes pain and decreased stability of the ankle joint.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that occur in active populations. Ankle sprains typically occur when you misplace a step on an uneven surface or step on someone else’s foot.
Although pain will typically improve on it’s own after a few weeks; ankle sprains lead to decreased range of motion and proprioception which puts you at a higher risk of future ankle sprains, fractures, or falls. People typically wear ankle braces long-term to prevent future ankle sprains which actually causes greater deficits in the ankle’s strength and mobility. Your physical therapist will work with you to improve ankle range of motion, proprioception, and strength to help you avoid future injuries.