The ankle is a hinged joint that makes it possible for the foot to move towards and away from the body. One of the most common injuries is the ankle sprain. Ankle sprains happen when the foot twists, rolls, or turns beyond the norm. This causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range in an abnormal position, and if the force is too great, you may even tear the ligaments. The result most people experience is ankle pain and swelling. Learn more about how you can ease your pain with our ankle sprain exercises.
A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs during a moment of severe stress for the ligaments that connect the bones and muscles in your ankle. Ankle sprain causes range from a twisted ankle to a poor landing during a jump or fall. Any impact that forces your ankle into an unnatural shape very suddenly can cause an ankle sprain. Ankle sprains come in three grades:
This type of injury will only grow worse with repeated activity. If you believe you may have sprained your ankle, consult a doctor immediately.
Ankle sprain symptoms can vary widely depending on the grade of the sprain, but in most cases, the first indicators of an ankle sprain may feel very similar to a simple twisted ankle. You may experience:
Many of these symptoms will grow much worse when weight is placed on the injured foot, but a steady pain will likely be present even when the ankle is at rest. Be careful not to injure yourself further by attempting to keep working.
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