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how long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

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Dr. Eugene Batelli
22 years experience Podiatry
Depends : On how much damage.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Ankle Pain: It depends on many factors like when did it occur, what grade of sprain was it. Was treatment rendered? Everybody heal at a different rate.
Answered on May 14, 2013
Dr. Steven Bernstein
31 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Ankle sprain: Ankle sprains usually heal in less than a week go with the saying... "an ankle sprain is not ankle sprain if it lasts longer than a week" there are many other problems that can be diagnosed other than an ankle sprain after twisting an ankle.
Answered on Sep 7, 2017
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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: For ankle sprains, i always tell my patients that the swelling is the last thing to go. In fact, there are patients who develop chronic swelling which never goes away after a sprain - and these may be patients who are completely functional, playing sports, working full time, etc. Having said that, it's always wise to get it checked out by your doctor if the swelling persists.
Answered on May 30, 2017
Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience Sports Medicine
Ankle sprain: Ankle sprains come in severities like most injuries. The more severe ankle sprains take up to several months to recover & selling may be the last symptom to resolve. Minor sprains may only last a week with no swelling ever occurring. Make sure you have the correct diagnosis and a treatment plan from your doctor.
Answered on Jan 25, 2014
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