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A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for the average ankle sprain to heal?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends: There are three grads for ankle sprain, start from simple one(grade1) which it healed in about4 weeks, grade 2 it take 6weeks grade 3 it take about 8weekes and some time it require surgery.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Depends on severity.: Could take weeks to months. It depends on the degree of injury.

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A 16-year-old male asked:

How long does each grade of ankle sprain take to heal?

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Dr. Ronald Galyon
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Rehab all, they vary: Grade 1 sprain: slight stretching of the ligament. 2-6 wks grade 2 sprain: partial tearing of the ligament. Abnormal looseness (laxity) of the ankle joint occurs. 6-12 wks grade 3 sprain: complete tear of the ligament.Gross instability occurs. Usually 6 months or longer.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How long will it take to get over an ankle sprain?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Depends: On how bad the sprain is, sometimes can take as long as a break whih is 6-8 weeks, though that is for a severe sprain.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

How long does it usually take for a sprain ankle take to heal? can you play soccer with a sprained ankle

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Dr. Darragh O'Carroll
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
2-8weeks: anywhere from 2-8weeks. I would not reccomend playing soccer, an activity with ample side to side movement that requires intact ankle ligaments. You can start walking/light jogging if the pain isnt too bad, less than a 2-3 out of 10, but if more than that rest, Ice, compress it (ACE bandage), and elevate. (the RICE mnemonic)
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long is it supposed to it take for a sprained ankle to heal?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
10 weeks: It depends on the severity of the injury. Sprains can be grade 1 (strained), 2 (partial tear), or 3 (complete disruption of the ligament). Grade 1 tears typically progresse at a rate of 8 to 10% per week for 10 to 12 weeks. A grade 3 tear can take up to a year. After a sprain, you should do ankle stengthening exercises to prevent re-injury from occurring when you return to full activity.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long is it normal for a sprained ankle take to heal?

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Dr. Jeffrey Ross
Podiatry 42 years experience
Early treatment: Depending on the extent of the injury and the early treatment provided, typically an ankle sprain may take 4-6 weeks to heal. If the ankle ligaments are not damaged, and there is no internal injury to the ankle, and with active physical therapy, the time can even be shortened. Of course prevention of re-injury is imperative. An ankel brace may be very valuable.

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