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Should I stretch after the swelling caused by an ankle sprain decreases?

It will be very important to stretch after the swelling decreases. When that type of injury occurs, your body will lose range of motion in the affected joint very quickly. If optimal range of motion is not restored other injuries can occur. Key muscles to stretch include the calf muscles, the muscles in the front of your thigh (quadriceps), the muscles in the back of your thigh (hamstrings), as well as the muscles in the front and the back of the hips. It is very common for individuals who sprain their ankles to alter their movement patterns to compensate for the injured ankle. This forces other muscles to do more than they are used to doing, causing them to become tight. When stretching these muscles, hold each stretch for 20-30 seconds and repeat as needed.

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