This is the most common cause for ankle pain and happens when the ankle twists spraining ligaments either on the inside (eversion sprain) or outside (inversion sprain) of the ankle. Rolling over the ankle into an inversion sprain is the most common. There are 3 key ligaments on the outside of the ankle and often the anterior talofibula ligament (which joins the leg to the ankle at the front) will be damaged as your weight rolls over the ankle.
- Pain and tenderness over the outside (inversion) or inside (eversion) of the ankle
- Pain whilst weight bearing and walking, often causing a limp
- Swelling and characteristic bruises around the malleolus (boney parts of ankle)