An ankle sprain can happen to anyone at any age. It occurs when your foot is turned inward or twisted. This causes one or more ligaments around your ankle to stretch or tear. Swelling, bruising, throbbing pain, instability, and trouble walking are some of the symptoms you may experience. Consult a doctor if your condition doesn’t get better with over-the-counter medications and RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). The recovery period depends on the severity of the sprain. Less severe sprains take a few weeks to heal while serious ones may take months. You can lower your risk by keeping your ankles strong and flexible, wearing ankle support, warming up before exercising, and wearing appropriate shoes.
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