About 85% of ankle injuries are sprains, and 85% of these are inversion injuries (where the foot twists outwards as the big toe lifts upwards).
There is an examination process that needs to be followed in children who have sprained their ankles. This includes looking for fractures, which can occur in children due to their unique growth plates.
Ankle sprains are graded depending on their severity, and the laxity of the joint. The grading helps with rate of rehabilitation and recovery.
Ankle sprains can result in loss of range of motion, muscle weakness, and decreased proprioception. Decisions need to be made about when to return to sport.