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Can spraining an ankle permanently damage it?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Possible: If its a bad sprain and didn't get correct treatment it can lead to chronic instability so it would give out on you just walking. Also can cause cartilage damage like osteochondral defect.
Dr. Darrell Latva
Podiatry 42 years experience
IT DEPENDS: Most commonly, the outside ligaments are sprained. There are three. Sometimes one, or two, more rarely all three are, affected. Depending upon the severity, and how it was treated afterwards (yourself vs. a dr.) will dictate if permanent damage occurred. Sincerely, Dr. Latva
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Multi factorial...: Although the severity of the injury is the obvious topic of consideration, conditions like age of the patient, blood supply, general health and physical fitness also play a big roll in whether or not the sprain as any permanency.

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