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when to return to play after an ankle sprain.?

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Dr. Marybeth Crane
26 years experience Podiatry
Depends: A bad ankle sprain can take 6-8 weeks to rehab. Physical therapy is the key to a good outcome. Don't risk long term instability. Rehab the injury and the pt will let you know when you can go back to sports.
Answered on Sep 30, 2016
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Progressive return: Once your pain & swelling is under control, you regain full range of motion & strength... You can use a home exercise program in many cases (band exercises, stretching, and balance) to help with the early stages of recovery, but as you return to sport (w/ brace) you should make sure you are able to perform the basics, before you try to fully practice/ play. If pain persists see md & have an x-ray.
Answered on Jan 1, 2017
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat commented
21 years experience Podiatry
You should return when you and your doctor agree that you are ready.
Mar 15, 2013

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