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tulipflower

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Can we say 'sprain' is used for wrist but 'twist' is used for ankle?
 

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You can sprain your wrist or your ankle, but I've never heard anyone say "I've twisted my wrist" in the same way we use "I've twisted my ankle".
 

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Can we say 'sprain' is used for wrist but 'twist' is used for ankle?
No. You can sprain both wrists and ankles without twisting them. However, if you twist your wrist (deliberately), you will see that you forearm usually goes with it, so there's no injury. Most wrist sprains are not caused by twisting.
Note also that 'sprain' or 'strain' is a pathological diagnosis; 'twist' is the method of injury - "twisted ankle" is not a formal medical diagnosis.
 

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Note to newbies: Raymott is a retired medical practitioner.
 
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