Frequently Asked Questions on Ankle Pain

What is ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain is an injury caused by a traumatic stretch or tear of the tissues that connect the bones in your ankle. It may cause pain and swelling.

What are the causes of ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains may be caused when ligaments that connect bones in the foot, ankle, and lower leg stretch or tear. An inversion injury occurs when the ankle rolls outward and the foot turns inward damaging the ligaments at the inside of the ankle..

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

A person with a sprained ankle may feel wobbly or unstable with immediate swelling and pain. Bruising may be visible. The affected area is usually tender to touch.

How are splints useful?

A splint may be prescribed by your doctor in case of a sprain or post-surgery. Splints immobilize the affected ankle to speed up the recovery process. It also provides the required amount of compression that is good for reducing pain and inflammation in the ankle.

What is the role of pain reliever gels and creams in sprained ankle recovery?
A pain reliever gel/cream soothes the pain fron a sprained ankle and provides temporary relief to the area on which it is applied. Topical pain reliever analgesics also have anti-inflammatory properties.