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A to Z: Sprain, Ankle

A to Z: Sprain, Ankle

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A to Z: Sprain, Ankle

Also called: Ankle Sprain, Sprained Ankle

A sprain is the stretch or partial tear of ligaments (which connect two bones). An ankle sprain happens when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn.

More to Know

A sprained ankle is a very common injury in kids and teens who play sports. Ankle sprains can also happen when a child turns or twists a foot awkwardly or steps in a hole.

Keep in Mind

Sprains usually heal well, but they need time to fully get better. The injured area needs to rest, so it's important to not return to sports or physical activities until the sprain is healed.

All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.