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A 28-year-old female asked:

Is it safe to swim with two sprained ankles? do i need some sort of support or is it better to use my feet normally? they aren't swollen and healing..

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Azad Dadgar-dehkordi
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Adult swim only: Aquatic therapy can be quite beneficial. The resistance provided by the water can help strengthen the ankle joint. Bracing is not necessary if you are doing laps or resistance exercises. Although, swimming in the ocean can be tricky, where waves and currents can cause you to re-sprain your ankle(s). Be safe and take it easy.
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
Ankle sprain: Depends on the severity. If minor, then swimming would actually be a helpful resistance exercise. Let pain be your guide.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Ankles and swim: If they are healed swimming is a great excerise but only if well healed.

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