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Ankle Sprain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an ankle sprain?

An ankle sprain happens when 1 or more ligaments in your ankle joint stretch or tear. Ligaments are tough tissues that connect bones. Ligaments support your joints and keep your bones in place.

What are the signs and symptoms of an ankle sprain?

How is an ankle sprain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask you about your injury and examine you. Tell him or her if you heard a snap or pop when you were injured. Your healthcare provider will check the movement and strength of your joint. You may be asked to move the joint yourself. Tell a healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. You may need any of the following:

How is an ankle sprain treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my ankle sprain?

How can I prevent another ankle sprain?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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