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Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/18/11 Ankle Sprains Chelsea Serr
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Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/18/11 What is an ankle sprain? The usual ankle injury is a sprain - the tearing or excessive stretching of the ligaments that hold the ankle bones in position. The variety of movements performed by the ankle subject it to forces of a magnitude far out of proportion to its size. It is little wonder that ankle injuries are the most common of all joint injuries - about 1 million each year, of which approximately 85 percent are sprains.
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Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/18/11 Signs of ankle sprains The symptoms of an ankle sprain are pain, tenderness, and swelling, usually occurring within the first few minutes of the injury. Sometimes what appears to be an ankle sprain is really a fractured bone. This can be of either the end of one of the long bones of the lower leg, the fibula, or a fracture of one of the bones of the foot.
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Unformatted text preview: Thus, care must be taken with an injured ankle to make sure exactly what is injured. Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/18/11 Different kinds of sprains Sprains are graded as mild (the ligament is strained or overly stretched), moderate (partially torn ligament), or severe (a complete tear, meaning that the ligament can no longer control the ankle joint). If the swelling and pain are slight and you can put weight on the ankle, the sprain is mild and you may not need medical attention. Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/18/11 Click to edit Master subtitle style 3/18/11 How to treat ankle sprains RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) is the key to rapid healing. About ten days is required for healing of a minor sprain, but full motion in the joint takes longer. Rehabilitation includes special exercises to help reduce swelling, prevent stiffness and regain flexibility, and regain strength....
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