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Ankle Sprain: A Closer Look

Ankle Sprains & Ankle Rolls

 

Ankle sprain

 

The ankle is one of the most common places for sprains in the body. Sprains can happen when the foot turns outward or inward. The most common ankle sprain is when you land incorrectly, causing the foot to roll to the side (inversion injury). This can stretch or tear ligaments in your ankle.

 

Your ankle joint is where the bones in your leg and foot meet. Ligaments, strong bands of tissue, connect these bones. Muscles run from the lower leg across the ankle into the foot. Both the ligaments and muscles help keep the ankle joint stable when you move. The ligaments can stretch or tear if you twist or turn your ankle. This is called a sprain. A sprain can be mild, moderate, or severe. This depends on how badly the ligaments are damaged.

 

When you step off a curb or land wrong after jumping are examples of when ankle sprains can occur. Once you’ve had an ankle sprain, you may be more likely to sprain that ankle again. A severe sprain can take weeks to heal, sometimes even longer than a fracture.

 

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Information on how to treat ankle sprains from Krames Online

Source and for more information: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)