If the x ray is normal you have a sprain. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament (the tissue that connects bone at a joint). Sprains are very common in wrists and ankles, but can also occur in feet, elbows, hands, and any ligament at a joint.
Usually caused by a fall, twist or a blow to the body, sprains can be mild, moderate or severe. A mild sprain stretches the ligament but leaves the joint stable. A moderate sprain is a partially torn ligament that destabilizes the joint. In a severe sprain, ligaments tear completely or separate from the bone. Repeated sprains can lead to arthritis, loose joints and tendon damage.
Effective treatment for sprains include rest, ice, compression, elevation, medications, and physical therapy. If these measures do not relieve symptoms, your physician or specialist may recommend surgery to help repair the damage.
Strain symptoms include: