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A Twisted Ankle = A Sprained Ankle

What many of us don’t know is that a twisted ankle is essentially a sprained ankle. When you twist your ankle, you are actually causing a sprain in the muscles surrounding and supporting the joint. Depending on the severity of your ankle injury, there are different care measures you can take. Some of us assume that ice and elevation are a cure-all for injured ankles, and for some minor sprains, it is. However, with certain types of swelling and pain, your “sprain” may actually be a broken ankle. Often times athletes or individuals that hurt their ankle “walk it off” and stretch, but when they finally get their ankle looked at it is broken. The idea that “you’ll know it when it’s broken” is not true – sometimes it feels like a sprain but there is much more damage – don’t assume it is minor. Seeking proper treatment after an ankle injury can help you regain strength and mobility in your ankle, and maintain your balance; the ankle is one of the main centers for balance in your body. Tune in as Doctor of Physical Therapy, Brianna Hoffarth explains ankle injury further.

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