People usually feel immediate pain at the
site of an
ankle sprain. Often the ankle starts to
swell immediately and may develop bruising . The affected area is usually
tender to touch and may feel "wobbly" or unstable.
In a mild
sprain, swelling usually goes down within a few days.
of your symptoms usually depends on how much tearing has occurred. In more
severe sprains, you are often not able to walk or even put weight on your foot,
and your ankle may feel unstable. You usually have extreme pain at first, but
some people start to feel better fairly soon. You may also hear and/or feel a
tearing sensation and a pop or a snap.
If a sprain does not heal
correctly, your ankle joint may be more likely to be injured again or the pain
may not go away. This often occurs with even a slight trauma, such as stepping
off a curb or walking on uneven pavement. Some people complain of persistent
pain and swelling.