When you twist your ankle, you may be wondering how to know if it truly is 'just a sprain.' In the world of podiatry, it's never 'just a sprain.' Even in instances where it is a minor injury, not addressing and treating it often means it will come back to haunt you. The way to know if it's 'something more' is to have a thorough evaluation with a specialist and x-rays!
When you twist or sprain your ankle, there is a possibility that the ankle bone has fractured. Because of peoples' varying levels of pain tolerance and their internal motivation to not be out of sport (or running) for very long, we very quickly try to rationalize that it is 'just a sprain.' This it just the kind of thinking that can get us into a lot of trouble later.