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A 16-year-old female asked:

I sprained my ankle recently no fractures. i have small swelling- but i still have pain and "it gives up" doc said rest but i feel something else isup?

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Dr. Maria Dumalaog
Pediatrics 30 years experience
See doctor again: Most sprains will get better with rest within 7-10 days, most times less than that. However if you are not feeling any better, go back and see the doctor. Some fractures we don't see immediately because there is a lot of swelling. As the swelling goes down, things should be more visible. Also, taking anti-inflammatory in the appropriate dose should help immensely.
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Dr. Andrea Rodgers
29 years experience
Grade of sprain: You didn't say how recently. More severe sprains, grade 2 or 3 can take six or more weeks to heal. If you feel your ankle joint is unstable, still have pain and swelling, you may have a a grade 2 or 3 sprain. I think you should see an orthopedic specialist. Immobilization of your ankle with an ankle brace will help in the meantime. Good luck.
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Last updated May 12, 2020

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