Also called: Ankle Sprain, Sprained Ankle
A sprain is the stretch or partial tear of ligaments (which
connect two bones). An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments that support the ankle
get overly stretched or torn.
A sprained ankle is a very common injury in kids and teens who play sports.
Ankle sprains can also happen when a child turns or twists a foot awkwardly or
steps in a hole.
Sprains usually heal well, but they need time to fully get better. The injured
area needs to rest, so it's important to not return to sports or physical activities
until the sprain is healed.
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