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Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain is a very common injury – approximately 25,000 people experience it each day. Ankle sprains happen when the foot twists, rolls or turns beyond its normal motions.

When an ankle is sprained, the foot is typically planted unevenly on a surface, beyond the normal force of stepping. This causes the ligaments to stretch beyond their normal range in an abnormal position.

Our Approach to Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains generally heal on their own, although patients may need to immobilize the joint with a device such as a cast boot or splint for a few weeks. Certain exercises can also aid recovery.

Our team includes highly trained orthopedic surgeons who specialize in treating the ankle and foot, as well as podiatrists, physical therapists and pedorthists (specialists in modified footwear and supportive devices for the lower leg). Our goals are to relieve pain and restore mobility, so patients can return to their normal lives and the activities they enjoy. We offer doctor's appointments, medical imaging and physical therapy in one convenient location.

Awards & recognition

  • usnews-neurology

    Among the top hospitals in the nation

  • usnews-orthopedics

    One of the nation's best for orthopedic care

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.