Ankle sprain
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Ankle sprain

What is it?

An ankle sprain is when the ligaments in your ankle are stretched or torn. The ligaments are tissues that hold bones together. Most of the time your ankle should be well in 4 to 6 weeks with treatment.


You may have had a sudden injury to your ankle, such as tripping. Or you may have bent your ankle the wrong way.

Signs and Symptoms:

You may have pain, tenderness, swelling, or bruising of the injured ankle. You may also not be able to move the ankle very well.

Medical Care:

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.



Complementary Therapies:

Other ways of treating your symptoms : Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:


Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.


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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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