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What are Ankle Sprains?

An unnatural twisting or force causes ankle sprains on the ankle bones of the foot, which may result in excessive stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle. If not properly treated, ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems.

What is the treatment for Ankle Sprains?

  • Resting and elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling.
  • Compressive bandages also may be used to immobilize and support the injury during healing.
  • Severe ankle sprains, particularly among competitive athletes, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.

Can Ankle Sprains be prevented?

To prevent ankle sprains, try to maintain strength, balance, and flexibility in the foot and ankle through exercising, stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.

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