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A 33-year-old male asked:

Bad ankle sprain 8 days ago, still pretty tender to touch but can bw on heel ok is it ok to go back to work @ job where on feet all day w?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Janet Kail
29 years experience
Not ok: If area is still tender, you should continue to rest ankle. If you have not yet seen either a podiatrist, orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and/or had x-ray evaluation you should do so. Ankle sprains involve damaged ligaments and sometimes tendons around the joint. It takes a very long time for these to heal and professional care is highly recommended.
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Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Podiatry 37 years experience
No way to tell: Ankle sprains are among the most under treated injuries. Depending on the degree of ligament tearing, it could need casting or even surgery. If your ankle is still very sore a week after injury, have a podiatrist or orthopedist check it. They will be a much more reliable source of information on when you should go back to work.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
No: If you are on feet all day it is too soon and you will get a lot more swelling. You need to rest, ice, compression and elevation.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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