Sprained Ankle

Sprained Ankle

A sprained ankle is a common injury that occurs when the ligaments that support and stabilize the bones in the foot and ankle are stretched or torn. It can be caused by an awkward landing, sudden twisting of the foot, or tripping over a curb. It is a painful injury that can make it difficult to walk or stand.

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A sprained ankle can happen to anyone, but it is more common among athletes or individuals who engage in physical activities that involve jumping, running, or sudden changes in direction. It can also occur due to:

  • Walking on uneven surfaces
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes
  • Losing your balance and falling
  • Stepping on an object
  • Being overweight, which can put extra strain on the ankle joint


The symptoms of a sprained ankle may vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some common symptoms include:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness in the ankle
  • Bruising or discoloration
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving the ankle
  • A popping or tearing sound at the time of injury
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle
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There are various treatment options available for a sprained ankle, depending on the severity of the injury. These options include:

  • Rest: Avoid putting weight on the affected ankle and limit physical activity to prevent further injury.
  • Ice: Apply ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Compression: Wrap the ankle with an elastic bandage to reduce swelling and provide support.
  • Elevation: Elevate the ankle above heart level to reduce swelling.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help alleviate

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