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What are the causes of an ankle sprain?

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Most ankle sprains happen when you’re playing sports. This is especially true for games where there’s a lot of jumping or a chance of stepping on someone’s foot. Those include:

But it’s also just as easy to sprain your ankle by stepping off a curb the wrong way or while walking on the beach.

You may have a greater chance for an ankle sprain if you’ve had one before. It’s also more likely if you have weak muscles along the outside of the ankles.

Even genetics can play a role. It’s easier to turn your ankle and put strain on the ligament if your heel naturally turns more inward. That’s known as hindfoot varus.

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

From: What Is an Ankle Sprain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours. TeenHealth: “Ankle Sprains.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle." 

American Family Physician.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours. TeenHealth: “Ankle Sprains.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle." 

American Family Physician.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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