Summer is coming fast, and my office is filling up with people with injured ankles. Soccer, trail running, skateboarding. Whatever your sport, the most common ankle injury is a lateral sprain – that is, a sprain of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. This happens most often with an inversion injury – rolling your ankle. Some sprains may be mild enough to walk off and keep going, but any sprain that results in swelling, bruising, or difficulty walking should be checked out by a professional. It’s not unusual for fractures to occur and be unrecognized until the pain didn’t go away and the athlete shows up for evaluation – weeks later, delaying treatment and healing. Many times, one doctor visit and one or 2 visits to the physical therapist can give you the information and tools you need to recover faster. Want to read more? Here is some useful information.