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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of ankle sprain

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of ankle sprain

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of ankle sprain

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of ankle sprain

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A sprain is an injury or tear to ligaments (fibrous tissues that connect one bone to another across the joints) that is caused by excessive stretching. Sprains may occur in any joint but are most common in the ankle.

Ankle sprain: Incidence, age and sex

Soft-tissue injuries around the ankle joint are common, affecting about 1 in 300 people. Signs & symptoms of ankle sprains: Diagnosis The main features are pain, swelling, redness and warmth of the affected joint following the trauma. Ankle sprain diagnosis can be difficult in the acutely painful, post-traumatic ankle joint. Routine anterioposterior and lateral radiographs should be taken when indicated, to exclude a bony injury. MRI imaging of the ankle joint has been shown to 90% accurate in diagnosing lateral ligament injuries.

Causes & prevention of ankle sprain

Ligaments are injured when a greater than normal stretching force is applied to them. This happens most commonly when the foot is turned inward or inverted forces leading to injury of the lateral complex. Eversion/abduction force cause trauma to the medial ligament complex. Prevention strategies include keeping the ankles strong and flexible through strengthening exercises, wearing stable shoes that give your ankle proper support shoes for activities, avoiding high heels and platform and having a weak ankle-tape or wearing an ankle brace while playing to offer extra support .Making sure that the walking/playing surface is clear of any holes or obstacles also may help in prevention.  

Ankle Sprain Complications

About 25% of people who sprain their ankle have long-term joint pain and weakness. The joint will become unstable if it does not heal correctly and will be easily reinjured

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