U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
IL
A 17-year-old female asked:

I have had a sprained ankle for three weeks and its still mildly swollen and causes me some pain some pain what should i do?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
It may take months: Ankle/foot sprains are known to last longer than other parts of body because of their weight-bearing nature on every step you take. Mild sprain may last couple of wks, but severe ones may take months, good shoes/cushions, ankle support/aircast/braces may help. Elevate when u can. Motrin/aleve may easy pain/inflammation. If persistent/more severe, consult doc. My ankle sprain x5 months-still sore.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Eric Bluman
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 24 years experience
PT: You should get set up with physical therapy to improve peroneal muscle strength and balance sense (proprioception). See your primary care doctor or orthopaedic surgeon to get examined and a prescription for physical therapy. A compression stocking will help swelling resolution. At three weeks out you may not need any immobilization.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Anthony Leazzo
A Verified Doctoranswered
24 years experience
Have it evaluated: Many times ankle sprains, depending on grade, location and if this is an ankle that had been sprained before, can take awhile to heal. However if the symptoms linger despite conservative treatment it may not be sprained. Could be a fracture, or a tear of a ligament. You may need an x/ray or mri. See a sports doc for eval.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Similar questions

A 38-year-old member asked:

Should my ankle still be swollen 2 weeks after spraining it?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes.: Ankles can stay swollen for many weeks following a sprain. Even when fully rehabilitated from a sprain, there could still be some residual swelling. It should dissipate over time.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 34-year-old member asked:
Please explain why is my ankle still swollen 6 months after i sprained it?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old female asked:
Sprained ankle 2 weeks ago, still swollen?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
Is my ankle broken, if I sprained it last week and it is still swollen?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 22-year-old male asked:
I sprained my ankle 3 months ago. I had fusiotherapy setions.Why is my ankle still swollen?
2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Last updated Nov 10, 2020

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.