A "sprained ankle" is one of the most common injuries a sports medicine physician encounters, comprising 30% of sports-related injuries. Every day, 23000 Americans -- both athletes and nonathletes alike -- suffer from some form of ankle sprain.
Ankle sprain is also one of the most poorly understood conditions by laymen and health care providers (including physicians) and is often undertreated. A severe ankle sprain, although treated properly, can still result in chronic instability of the ankle. Fortunately, most are not severe and with quick and proper treatment these injuries heal well.
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