Ankle sprains are among the most common injuries in sports. A huge number of athletes and active people suffer an ankle sprain. While most of them recover fully in a few weeks, some go on to have them happen over and over. In this week’s Ask Dr. Geier video, I share my thoughts on reducing the risk of recurrent ankle sprains.

Ray asks:

I have been recurrent ankle sprains throughout my four years in university. However, with every inversion sprain it tends to hurt on my medial side a lot more than my lateral side. I was wondering if you had any cases of that in your practice and what you would recommend.

For starters, it can be a good idea to see a doctor or orthopedic surgeon, even if you believe the injury is a simple sprain. The doctor can examine you and get x-rays to make sure nothing more serious is going on. He or she can then take some steps to help you recover quickly, such as setting up a course of physical therapy.

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For a small percentage of patients, these injuries can become recurrent problems. While surgery can help patients who battle recurrent instability, there might be some steps to prevent these injuries from becoming a repeated problem.

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