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The warmer weather often draws our exercises outside after many months of hibernation inside. We must be careful because exercising outside can make us more prone to sprains due to the uneven grounds.
Jamal Ahmad, MD, Orthopaedics at NorthShore, shares tips on how to care for and avoid sprains this spring:
What is a sprain?
Ankle sprains are very common and vary in severity. A sprain is a stretch or tear injury of a ligament and ankle sprains often injure more than one ligament. A sprain often feels like a sharp pain over the ankle region and most people initially cannot put weight on their ankle. Sometimes a bruise and swelling will result in a sprain, lasting upwards of two weeks or more.
How to Avoid a Sprain
How to Treat a Sprain
Most people are able to return to their regular activity 6-8 weeks after their injury.