Ankle sprains occur when one or more of the ligaments around the ankle are overstretched or tear. Ligaments are a fibrous connective tissue that connects two bones providing stability to joints. The ankle is highly susceptible to sprains due to the small size and mobility of the joint especially in dynamics sports that involve running, quick direction changes, and jumping such as basketball. Common sprains occur when the ankle and foot roll inward. This is an inversion ankle sprain where the ligaments are stretched on the outside of the ankle. Less commonly is the eversion sprain when the foot and ankle roll out to the side often damaging ligaments on the inside of the ankle.
Ligaments do not have the properties to return to their original length after they are stretched which can lead to instability of the joint, especially with repeated sprains. However, muscles contain the ability to shorten even after being stretched. This makes it imperative to undergo a comprehensive rehab program that includes strengthening exercises after suffering from an ankle sprain to reduce the risk of further injuries.
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