Ankle Sprain

Introduction

The ankle is the joint between the foot and leg which allows downward and upward motion. The joint is comprised of two bones in the lower leg and an ankle bone which are held together by ligaments located both outside and inside the joint. When the ligaments surrounding the joint stretch or tear, it is commonly known as an ankle sprain.

Ankle sprains occur more often with athletes as a result of sports activity. However, they can also occur by simply walking on an uneven surface. An uneven surface causes the foot to roll over, stretching the ligaments beyond its limits and creating a sharp pain. It is more common for the injury to occur on the outside of the ankle causing ankle instability, swelling, bruising, stiffness and tenderness when touched.

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