A 28-year-old female asked:
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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..

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Dr. Azad Dadgar-dehkordi
14 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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.
Answered on Apr 22, 2014
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
27 years experience Sports Medicine
Ankle sprain: Depends on the severity. If minor, then swimming would actually be a helpful resistance exercise. Let pain be your guide.
Answered on Apr 25, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
38 years experience Podiatry
Ankles and swim: If they are healed swimming is a great excerise but only if well healed.
Answered on Apr 27, 2013

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