The potential for torn ligaments and damage to the ankle
Ligaments are connective tissues between two bones that help stabilize the joint. In general, they are relatively inelastic, which means they become lax or rupture completely if they are overstretched.
Ligament injuries of the ankle joint often occur during sporting activities. Ruptures of the lateral ligaments and capsular injuries in the ankle joint happen most often when the ankle is bent when landing. Of particular risk for injuries are those playing football, skiing, martial arts and similar sports. In most cases, the knee twists inwards with the upper body bending backwards at the same time. The fibers very often tear where the ligament is connected into the thigh bone.
Chronic ligamentous instability can lead to excessive wear and tear of the articular cartilage and the onset of osteoarthritis. This is why you are recommended to consult an orthopedic specialist or sports doctor, even if the sprain seems harmless.