What is an Inversion/Eversion Sprain?
These sprains are referred to as a traumatic forcible inversion/eversion injury to the supporting ligaments around the inside and outside of the ankle.
Inversion sprains (ankle rolls inwards) are the most common type of injury to the ankle and result in overstretching of the outside ligaments. These sprains occur when the ankle unexpectedly rolls inwards, leading to the overstretching of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Inversion sprains are among the most frequent ankle injuries and can result from sudden changes in direction, navigating uneven surfaces, or unintentionally stepping on objects like balls or an opponent’s foot.
Eversion sprains (ankle rolls outwards) cause overstretching of the inside ligaments, but both of these types of sprains can cause instability around the ankle. They often occur in scenarios similar to inversion sprains, such as abrupt changes in direction or encountering uneven terrain.
The ankle may sustain these injuries by rapidly changing directions, running/walking on an uneven surface and treading on a ball or opponents foot.
Signs and Symptoms:
It’s essential to recognise the signs and symptoms of these inversion and eversion sprains, as they can be quite distressing. The common indications include:
- Severe Ankle Pain: Following the injury, individuals typically experience extreme pain concentrated over the site of the ligament tear.
- Limited Ankle Mobility: Pain can lead to a significant reduction in the ability to move the ankle joint.
- Swelling and Bruising: Swelling often occurs within the first few hours after the injury, accompanied by bruising around the ankle and foot.
- Weakness and Instability: The affected ankle may feel weak and unstable, often giving way unexpectedly. Some individuals even report hearing an audible “snap or crack” noise at the time of the injury.
- Inability to Weight Bear: Due to the combination of pain, swelling, and instability, those with inversion or eversion sprains may find it challenging to bear weight or walk.
If you suspect you’ve experienced an inversion or eversion sprain, it’s crucial to seek prompt medical attention. At Spinal and Sports Care, we specialise in diagnosing and treating these types of injuries. Our comprehensive approach aims to alleviate pain, reduce swelling, restore mobility, and strengthen the affected ankle, helping you recover and regain stability.