(HealthDay News) — Ankle sprains can occur when the ankle is rolled, twisted or turned the wrong way, says Mayo Clinic. Pain, tenderness and swelling are typical symptoms of a sprained ankle.

To help prevent ankle sprains, Mayo Clinic suggests:

  • Warm up before exercising or playing sports.
  • Be careful when walking, running or working on an uneven surface.
  • Use a support brace or tape on a weak or previously injured ankle.
  • Wear shoes that fit well.
  • Minimize wearing high heels.
  • Don’t participate in activities you are not conditioned for.
  • Keep your muscles strong and flexible.
  • Practice stability training and balance exercises.