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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 10 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)
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Dr. Ahimsa porter Sumchai md
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Six weeks & RICE: An ankle sprain is a serious musculoskeletal injury that accounts for 1 of 10 ER visits in the US and cause pain, swelling and bruising on the outside of the joint. Rest, ice, compression and elevation are basic. Most ankle sprains occur during jumping, pivot and explosive kick sports like soccer and basketball. Return to sports for a grade l ankle sprain is 2 weeks. Six for grade lll!
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How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

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Sprain ankle: Grade three usually needs sx due complete tear which heals in 4-6 weeks without surgery around 8 weeks but will have weakness.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if i rolled my ankle yesterday playing soccer (sprained?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
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Sprained?: Rolling an ankle is more often than not a sprain. Follow the rice treatment. Rest, ice, compression and elevation. If no improvement see foot and ankle specialist.
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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 50 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.
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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 36 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.
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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 29 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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Last updated Nov 10, 2016

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