What is an ankle sprain?
An injury that affects many. And more than once
Sprains are injuries that affect the ligaments, in this case the ankle ligaments. They result from trauma such as a fall, or an outside force, that displaces the joint from its normal alignment.
Just a small misstep or a wrong turn of the foot can quickly cause an ankle sprain.
There are several factors that increase the risk of suffering an ankle sprain. The highest risk factor is a previous injury either treated or untreated.
Other factors are weakened muscles in the affected area, weak ligaments as well as activities on uneven surfaces or without external stabilising measures to support your ankles.
The risks of sporting activities in particular are influenced by the kind of sport you do, its intensity and how well you are prepared, as well as your physical condition.
20 million people per year are affected by ankle sprains in the USA and Western Europe alone. Many of them will suffer from re-injury and/or chronic ankle instability - particularly as a result of improper management of the initial injury.*