A lot of athletes injure their ankles. But you do not need to be an athlete to suffer a serious sprain of your ankle. All it takes is stepping the wrong way and you can accidentally turn your ankle and hurt it. A lot of people will sprain their ankle because they walk on an uneven surface. The pain they experienced after a sprained ankle is considered debilitating.
Anyone can suffer a sprained ankle. However, the number one group of people who suffer sprained ankles are men between the ages of 15 and 24 years old. Women over the age of 30 often sprain their ankles at a higher rate than men of the same age.
It is estimated that every single day, more than 25,000 people sprain their ankles. Each year, more than a million people go to the doctor because of some type of ankle injury. The most common types of ankle injuries are sprains or fractures. Some people, on rare occasions, tear their ankle tendon.
The treatment for a sprained ankle is going to vary depending on the severity of the sprain. Most ankle sprains do not require surgery. That is, of course, unless the sprain is extremely severe and extensive damage has been sustained by the ligaments.
With a mild sprain, also known as a grade one sprain, the RICE approach is most often used. This approach may be used for a number of days until the pain and the swelling go down. If the sprain is mild, you likely will not require further treatment. However, it all depends on the unique case.