How are patients tested for a sprained ankle?

POSTED: 01:10 PM MST Dec 18, 2013    UPDATED: 01:56 PM MST Jan 02, 2014 
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

During the physical exam of a sprained ankle, your doctor will check for points of tenderness. He or she will move the joint in a variety of ways to check your range of motion and to see if any particular position or movement causes pain.

If the injury is severe, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following imaging scans to rule out a broken bone or to more precisely evaluate the soft tissue damage: