Ankle sprains are a minor injury but a major pain. Because ankle sprains can happen during routine activity or active exercise, the condition can impact nearly anyone. A simple misstep can result in a sprain that can linger for several weeks.
An ankle sprain happens when ankle ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. Sprains can range significantly in severity and are often accompanied by pain, which can take several weeks or more to fully resolve. Mild sprains may be caused by overstretching or irritating ligaments while severe sprains can involve tearing of the ligaments.