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Ankle Sprain (cont.)

Ankle Sprain Symptoms and Signs

Tissue injury and inflammation occur when an ankle is sprained. Blood vessels become "leaky" and allow fluid to ooze into the soft tissue surrounding the joint. White blood cells responsible for inflammation migrate to the area, and blood flow increases. The following are signs and symptoms of inflammation:

  • Swelling: Due to increased fluid in the tissue, this is sometimes severe.

  • Pain: The nerves are more sensitive. The joint hurts and may throb. The pain can worsen when the sore area is pressed or the foot moves in certain directions (depending upon which ligament is involved) and during walking or standing.


  • Redness and warmth: caused by increased blood flow to the area

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