A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs when you roll, twist or turn your ankle in an awkward way. This can stretch or tear the tough bands of tissue (ligaments) that help hold your ankle bones together.
A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments are forced beyond their normal range of motion. Most sprained ankles involve injuries to the Anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments on the outer side of the ankle.
Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle include:
Pain, especially when you bear weight on the affected foot
Swelling, and sometimes bruising
Restricted range of motion
Examples of situations that can result in an ankle sprain include:
A fall that causes your ankle to twist
Landing awkwardly on your foot after jumping or pivoting
Walking or exercising on an uneven surface
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