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What increases my risk for a sprain?

In general, your risk for a sprain is increased if your work or hobbies require a lot of physical activity since your joints, muscles, and ligaments are put to use more often. If you haven't warmed up or stretched properly before starting a physical activity, your muscles are tighter and you're at a higher risk for injuring your joints. This is also the case if you haven't properly conditioned your muscles before starting vigorous physical activity. Ligaments are more susceptible to injury if your muscles are tired and not properly supporting your joints, so excessive physical activity may increase your risk for a sprain. Also, wearing improper footwear for physical activity, or wearing high heels, may increase your risk for an ankle sprain.

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