A sprained ankle occurs following a sudden sideways or twisting movement of the foot. An ankle sprain can occur during athletic events or during everyday activities. All it takes is an awkward step or an uneven surface to cause an ankle sprain–that is why sprained ankles are among the most common orthopedic injuries. Treatment of sprained ankles is important because returning to normal activities in a timely manner is important for most patients. Find out more about treating sprained ankles.