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An ankle sprain is when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn. It can happen when you step in a hole, twist your ankle while walking or running, or put your weight down on your foot awkwardly.
When most ankle sprains happen, the ankle is flexed and inverted (the foot turned inward toward the opposite foot). Ankle sprains are common, making up 25% of all sports-related injuries.
With rest and proper treatment, most ankle sprains heal within 4–6 weeks. But some can take longer.
The signs of an ankle sprain depend on how serious it is. Common symptoms include:
Most ankle sprains happen when the ankle twists, or when the foot rolls onto its side. Most happen during athletic activities. But you don’t have to be playing sports to injure an ankle — sprains can happen from taking an awkward step or tripping on the stairs.
To diagnose ankle sprains, doctors ask about the injury and do an exam. They’ll check the bones and soft tissue of the ankle, watch the person’s range of motion, and do strength tests.
Sometimes, the doctor may order an X-ray or other imaging study to see if there are other injuries, such as a broken bone.
Treatment for an ankle sprain usually includes:
Doctors may treat a more serious ankle sprain with a splint or temporary cast. Very rarely, a person might need surgery.
If you have an ankle sprain, you’ll probably need to take some time off from sports and other strenuous physical activities. Make sure your sprained ankle is completely healed first.
You can go back when:
It’s impossible to prevent all ankle sprains. But these tips can make another one less likely:
Not overdoing things is key when it comes to sprains. So follow your doctor’s advice and don’t push yourself or feel pressure to get back into sports or other activities too soon. Sprains usually heal well, but they need time to get fully better.
Sprains and strains are common injuries, especially for people who play hard or are intoÂ sports. Find out what they are and how to recuperate from one.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
Our bones, muscles, and joints form our musculoskeletal system and enable us to do everyday physical activities.
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.
Inline skating is good exercise and an excellent off-season training program for hockey and skiing. To stay safe while inline skating, take a look at these tips.
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Soccer is easy to learn at a young age, and it’s great exercise. But it’s also a contact sport, and injuries are bound to happen. To help prevent mishaps, follow these safety tips.
If the tendon just above your heel becomes swollen or irritated due to overuse, it can lead to a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis. Find out how to treat it – and prevent it.
It’s fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries happen. To stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips.
Shin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone, often from running or another high-impact activity. They get better with rest.
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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