There are ligaments (tough bands of tissue, not muscle) that help stabilize your ankle, ensuring proper movement and alignment. When you move your ankle in a way that is awkward or counter to its natural range of motion, you can stretch, tear, or “sprain” the ankle ligaments.
My Ankle is Swollen
Common causes of a swollen ankle include:
An ankle sprain
An ankle fracture
Sitting or standing for long periods of time
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Why Does My Ankle Hurt When I Walk?
If your ankle hurts when you walk, you may have a bruise or strain. If your pain is more severe you may have an ankle sprain or fracture.