However, twisting your foot or ankle can occur during many activities of daily life such as tripping over a curb or someone else’s foot.

Generally, a simple sprain can recover in a few days with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) treatment.

When the pain or swelling persists, there can be various injuries that have occurred. Many of these may require timely appropriate treatment to ensure a good recovery. Read our media article on Dr Tan’s study on the various types on injuries after an ankle sprain detected on MRI.

Possible injuries include:

  • Foot and metatarsal fractures
  • Fifth metatarsal (Jones fractures)
  • Tendon injuries (Peroneal tendons, Achilles or others)
  • LisFranc injuries
  • Ankle ligament injuries
  • Ankle fractures
  • High ankle (Syndesmosis) injuries

When symptoms do not go away, it is important to get a formal evaluation by a doctor to delineate which injury may have occurred so that proper treatment can be recommended.

Many foot and ankle fractures today can be treated effectively and reliably using a combination of improved techniques and advances in foot and ankle technology and implants.

Fixation of an ankle fracture.
Minimally invasive fixation of heel bone (calcaneum) fracture. (Refer to media article on heel bone fractures).