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Health Tip: Preventing Ankle Sprains

(HealthDay News) -- Ankle sprains can occur when the ankle is rolled, twisted or turned the wrong way, says Mayo Clinic. Pain, tenderness and swelling are typical symptoms of a sprained ankle.

To help prevent ankle sprains, Mayo Clinic suggests:

  • Warm up before exercising or playing sports.

  • Be careful when walking, running or working on an uneven surface.

  • Use a support brace or tape on a weak or previously injured ankle.

  • Wear shoes that fit well.

  • Minimize wearing high heels.

  • Don't participate in activities you are not conditioned for.

  • Keep your muscles strong and flexible.

  • Practice stability training and balance exercises.

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