A sprain involves and injury where a ligament is stretched and possibly torn.
Ankle sprains can cause pain, swelling, tenderness, bruising, stiffness, numbness in the toes, and inability to walk or bear weight on the injured ankle.
Inadequate recovery from a sprained ligament or incomplete rehabilitation of the affected ankle can result in instability of the ankle.
Acute injuries can be managed with conservative treatment measures such as RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation), medications, bracing, and physical therapy.
Surgical intervention to repair the injured ligament may be considered in patients who have failed to respond to non-surgical treatments.
Ankle ligament repair may be performed arthroscopically or through open technique.
The recovery time after ankle ligament repair depends on the extent of injury and the procedure performed.