Running : Ankle Injury : Cause and Treatment

An ankle injury is also known as an ankle sprain, twisted ankle, rolled ankle, ankle sprain  injury or ankle ligament injury. An ankle injury  is an injury to one or more ligaments in the ankle, usually on the outside of the ankle.

Purpose of ankle ligaments

Ligaments are bands of tissue—like rubber bands—that connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement.

Cause of Ankle Injury

In running, ankle injury result from a sudden twist or a blow that forces the ankle joint out of it’s normal position. This commonly happens when running on uneven surfaces. Runners who run on trails tend to suffer more from ankle injuries. Running on worn out running shoes can cause a twisted ankle.

Signs and Symptoms on Ankle Injuries
The signs and symptoms of ankle injuries may include: Pain, Swelling, stiffness and difficulty when walking.

Treatment of Ankle Injury

1. Rest – take a break from running

2. Ice – to help reduce swelling

3. Bandage (compression) – bandages gives the ankle support and helps reduce swelling, pain and further injury.

If the pain doesn’t go away, see your doctor

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