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What is an ankle sprain?

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This injury happens when the ligaments in your ankle tear or get stretched too much.

Ligaments are the strong, stretchy bands that help stabilize your ankle. They hold the bones of your ankle together, but they allow for some movement. When there is too much movement, you may get a sprain.

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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