Ankle Sprains

Top Washington D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia Orthopedic Surgeons Specializing in Ankle Sprains

Ligaments are fibrous, elastic bands of tissue that connect and stabilize the bones. An ankle sprain is a common, painful injury that occurs when one or more of the ankle ligaments is stretched beyond the normal range of motion. Sprains can occur as a result of sudden twisting, turning or rolling movements.

What are ankle sprains?

This detailed video describes ankle sprains, including lateral inversion sprains, medial eversion sprains, syndesmosis (high ankle) sprains, symptoms, and treatment. Treatment for an ankle sprain depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment usually begins with rest, ice, compression and elevation. As the ankle heals, all patients typically benefit from rehabilitation exercises. Surgery is not usually needed.