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What is a sprain?

Q: I am a 43 years old woman having a broken ligament on the top of my foot as a result of a sprained ankle 3 months ago. What is a broken ligament?

A:The usual expression that we have for a ligament injury is a sprain. Sprains can be of three grades:

  • Grade 1, when only a few fibers of the ligament are torn.
  • Grade 2, is a more significant injury when many fibers of the ligament are torn; and
  • Grade 3, when the ligament is completely torn.
This can perhaps be called a broken ligament.

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