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Ankle Sprain

What is it?

A sprain is the most common type of injury to the ankle. A sprain is stretching and tearing of ligaments. A ligament is fibrous bands connecting adjacent bones to a joint. There are many ligaments around the ankle and these can become damaged when the ankle is forced into an awkward position. Resting can offer some relief from your pain. Applying ice to your foot is a good way to reduce inflammation and pain. Your foot is built to withstand motion and pressure. Bones provide the framework. Soft tissue, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, keep the bones stable and control movement. Bones and nerves in the leg connect the foot to the spine. Too many hours on your feet, sudden movements, or misaligned joints can lead to soft tissue and other problems.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • You will not be able to put any weight on your foot.
  • Bruising
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