Ankle pain and injuries are extremely common. The ankle is a ‘hinged’ joint, articulating 3 main bone structures (the tibia, fibula and talus) and it is supported by a group of numerous ligaments, tendons and muscles. All of these are responsible for both the movement and stability of the foot. Because your ankles take your weight on a daily basis even more you practice sport or heavy load activities your ankles are very prone to injury.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common causes of ankle pain which occur when your ankle ligaments tear or are ‘overstretched’. There are different severity levels depending on how much the ligament was torn. There are 4 outer main ligaments that can be a target and 3 more on the inside part of the foot. This is a very known condition amongst basketball and football players where twisting and rolling actions happen a lot. You may hear a "pop" at the time of the injury, swelling, bruising and inability to put weight on the affected foot usually follows.
An ankle fracture can be a side effect of a sprain.