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To reduce your risk of spraining an ankle:

  • Pay close attention to the surface on which you are walking, running or jumping

  • Do stretching exercises before and after any athletic activity

  • Do balance exercises

  • Wear well-fitting shoes that are appropriate for your sport

  • Avoid sharp, sudden turns and changes in direction

  • Strengthen foot and leg muscles by running, cycling or swimming

If you have had several ankle sprains, you'll need a good rehabilitation program that involves strengthening and balance exercises. You may need to wear a brace to protect your ankle as you recover.

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