Nearly everyone has at some time or another twisted an ankle. If your ankle is swollen or painful after twisting it, you may well have sprained it. You’ve already stretched and quite possibly torn your ligaments in the injured ankle.
While ankle sprains are very common, they are not always minor. Some people will repeatedly sprain or twist their ankles and can suffer long-term joint pain as well as weakness. The way a sprained ankle is treated can prevent problems down the road.
Repeated sprains can often cause chronic ankle instability. For every subsequent sprain, you are further weakening your ankle and your ligaments. This results in more instability and it is quite likely that you will have further problems with your ankle.