If you’ve ever rolled or twisted your ankle awkwardly after a misstep, you’ve likely experienced joint pain from the ankle’s ligaments suddenly stretching. Ankle sprains occur when these ligaments become overstretched and torn.
Ankle sprains are very common injuries in the US, with over a million cases reported each year. They are some of the most common injuries people face when participating in various sports that require multifaceted movements. Because the ankle is such a complex and fragile joint, and a critical structure to the body’s mobility and support, many athletic sports and physical movements carry a higher risk of ankle injuries for athletes. Movements like running, jumping, and pivoting can lead to an ankle sprain if the athlete trips or falls.