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What sort of problem is an ankle sprain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Sprain

See the note about ankle fracture.
Most sprains are stretching of the ligaments, the tendons are elastic so they can move a little without breaking, but many of the tendon fibers may tear or stretch unrepairably, so that a permanent injury is found that can lead to degeneration of the cartilage and degenerative arthritis.

In brief: Sprain

See the note about ankle fracture.
Most sprains are stretching of the ligaments, the tendons are elastic so they can move a little without breaking, but many of the tendon fibers may tear or stretch unrepairably, so that a permanent injury is found that can lead to degeneration of the cartilage and degenerative arthritis.
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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: Varies by severity

Ankle sprains can be minor and resolve in a week or so or severe that may require surgery to repair the ligaments.
The majority are somewhere inbetween. These benefit from initial rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and then appropriate bracing and rehab exercises.

In brief: Varies by severity

Ankle sprains can be minor and resolve in a week or so or severe that may require surgery to repair the ligaments.
The majority are somewhere inbetween. These benefit from initial rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and then appropriate bracing and rehab exercises.
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