sprain of ankle


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sprain of ankle

Trauma to the ligaments of the ankle and foot, possibly involving tendon injury, but without an avulsion. Sprains of the lateral ligaments (most commonly the anterior talofibular ligament) account for approx. 90% of all ankle sprains.

Treatment

See: sprain for treatment.

CAUTION!

Ice should not be applied directly to the foot and ankle in patients who are elderly or who have cold allergy or circulatory insufficiency.
See also: sprain