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What to do if my ankle sprain is not healed after 6 months?

What to do if my ankle sprain is not healed after 6 months?

See a doctor: If time, physical therapy, support has not been helpful and you have persistent pain or weakness, see a podiatrist or orthopedist for evaluation to see if something else is going on, or if you might be a candidate for surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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What to do to heal a ankle sprain?

What to do to heal a ankle sprain?

R.I.C.E.: Rest the ankle, ice the ankle, compress the ankle (with ace bandage), elevate the ankle above the level of your heart. But see a doctor first to make sure u don't have an avulsion fracture or compromise of the blood flow. ...Read more

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Is there a faster way to heal from an ankle sprain?

Is there a faster way to heal from an ankle sprain?

Ankle sprain: To heal a sprained ankle, it depends on the severity of the sprain. If its a chronically sprained ankle with constant pain and instability, it will take longer than a mild outside sprain. Usually 3-4 weeks of rest, icing, antiinflammatory meds (like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped! ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

RICE: Rest, ice. Elevation, compression bamdage. Good for simple sprains. For more severe sprains or if symptoms do not resolve, get medical attention. ...Read more

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How long does each grade of ankle sprain take to heal?

How long does each grade of ankle sprain take to heal?

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. ...Read more

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How much time does a severe ankle sprain tend to heal?

How much time does a severe ankle sprain tend to heal?

Severe ankle sprain: A severe ankle sprain can take a minimum of 6 weeks to heal and sometimes as long as 12 weeks or longer depending on amount of damage to ankle. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the average ankle sprain to heal?

How long does it take for the average ankle sprain to heal?

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. ...Read more

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What is the best way to quickly heal a severe ankle sprain?

What is the best way to quickly heal a severe ankle sprain?

Common sense: If the ankle was evaluated by your dr and no fracture or torn ligaments etc. Rest, elevatin, nonsteroidals, etc. ...Read more

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What are the chances my grade 2 ankle sprain will heal in a month?

Pretty good: Ankle ligaments take about six weeks to fully heal. In a month, you should be feeling pretty good with no limitations in day to day activities. High demand activities such as soccer, basketball, etc may still cause soreness. Modify activity pain permitting. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ankle sprain to complete heal and is it ok to wrap it when standing on it?

How long does it take for a ankle sprain to complete heal and is it ok to wrap it when standing on it?

Ankle sprain: Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain, it can take from 4 to 8 weeks to heal. There are 3° of injury. One is a stretch of the ligaments, 2nd° is a partial tear of the ligaments. 3 degree is a total tear of the ligaments. 3rd degree tears take a good 8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Could the loose body cause a ankle sprain to heal slowly. Also it feel like my ankle is on fire do that mean anything. Thanks?

Could the loose body cause a ankle sprain to heal slowly. Also it feel like my ankle is on fire do that mean anything. Thanks?

Yes: Most simple ankle sprains heal in 4-6 weeks. When it takes longer we look for other causes like loose bodies, bone bruises, synovial impingement, unstable tendons, stress fractures, or gross joint instability. ...Read more

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How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

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. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a 3rd degree inversion ankle sprain take to heal completely?

3rd degree inversion: A severe 3rd degree inversion ankle sprain takes longer than 3-4 weeks and may need surgery to stabilize the multiple ligament tears. Due to the severity, you may have internal ankle joint damage as well and may need surgical stabilization procedures which can take up to 3-6 months to heal. Best of luck. ...Read more

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From personal experience how long does it take an ankle sprain taken to get better and heal?

From personal experience how long does it take an ankle sprain taken to get better and heal?

6 to 12 weeks: There are 3 grades of ankle sprains. I typically tell my patients that a sprain bad enough to take you to the doctor or ed will take 6 to 12 weeks to fully resolve. ...Read more

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It's been 17 months and ankle sprain didn't heal! (exercises and therapies were being done.)!?

It's been 17 months and ankle sprain didn't heal! (exercises and therapies were being done.)!?

Consider: Stem Cell Therapy or Platelet procedures to help with healing and strengthen ligaments. It can help decrease pain and strengthen ligaments in the surrounding muscles and facet joints. Check out Regenexx. Com for more info. ...Read more

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Is it useful to ice an ankle sprain to reduce swelling, after 2 months since it happened (it isn't healed completely)?

Is it useful to ice an ankle sprain to reduce swelling, after 2 months since it happened (it isn't healed completely)?

Ankle sprains: Nope. Ice is for the acute period right after an injury to limit swelling and thus pain. It would have no therapeutic effect this far after an injury. ...Read more

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I have an ankle sprain that hasn't healed. Can motrin help?

I have an ankle sprain that hasn't healed. Can motrin help?

See orthopedist: If you have an ankle sprain that has been painful for several weeks and is not improving I would recommend seeing an orthopedist. An evaluation and appropriate tests will help determine if there is internal damage that may require physical therapy or other forms of treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat chronic ankle sprain after making physiotherapy with no heal?

How to treat chronic ankle sprain after making physiotherapy with no heal?

Brace vs surgery: If time and pt has not helped the sensation of instability the only solutions other than living with it are to wear a brace that supports the ankle (esp. During sport activities) or a surgical repair. ...Read more

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How long will a class 3 everted ankle sprain take to heal? How should I treat it? And why does it feel like it burns after I walk?

3-6 months: This is a severe injury. Early immobilization in a cast or "boot" is important. Non weight bearing is helpful until you can ambulate pain free. A comprehensive rehabiliation program is important to prevent repeated injury. ...Read more

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I had a high ankle sprain (2) and I did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. Then, I did 6 weeks' exercise. I found out that I had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. Why didn't it heal?

I had a high ankle sprain (2) and I did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. Then, I did 6 weeks' exercise. I found out that I had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. Why didn't it heal?

MRI: If a high ankle sprain that does not get better, need to see if there is a tear of the ligament (s) that hold the 2 leg bones together. This is often referred to as a syndesmotic injury. An MRI can visualize this. This is often a problem that needs to be fixed with a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Can I still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

Can I still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

You: You can engage in any upper body activity you like, and can also swim. I would not engage in any activity that involves you standing or putting any pressure on your foot / ankle or leg. That would include cycling. ...Read more

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3 months high ankle sprain now keep twisting and it burns and sharp pain in heal, hoot, deep pain in bone. Hurts to touch spots badly. Hurts when flat?

3 months high ankle sprain now keep twisting and it burns and sharp pain in heal, hoot, deep pain in bone. Hurts to touch spots badly. Hurts when flat?

Orthopedic surgeon: It's time to check your ankle and foot because of ongoing symptoms. Torn ligaments, tendonitis, fasciitis, stress fracture are possibilities. An orthopedic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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I had a severe ankle sprain 9 months ago. 2 months later began training for full marathon b4 completely healed. Finished, but now I can't even walk without pain and bruising. Is this normal? How long?

I had a severe ankle sprain 9 months ago. 2 months later began training for full marathon b4 completely healed. Finished, but now I can't even walk without pain and bruising. Is this normal? How long?

Have it re-evaluated: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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I had a moderate ankle sprain that healed I use ankle brace daily & at the end of the day my ankle & foot are swollen & painful what is wrong with it?

I had a moderate ankle sprain that healed I use ankle brace daily & at the end of the day my ankle & foot are swollen & painful what is wrong with it?

Too much strain from: The sprain causing swelling in the brace used. Need to elevate leg at the end of the day to drain the extra lymphatic fluid so it goes back to your heart. And remain off your sprained foot as much as you can with it elevated throughout most of the day until it heels. ...Read more

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I have a high ankle sprain but my orthopedic doctor didn't take an mri. Should I get a second opinion? If my ligament is torn will it heal on its own?

Depends on severity: High ankle sprain (has) is a different injury than a routine lateral ankle sprain, in both mechananism of injury and time to healing. Has usually occurs when the foot and ankle were rotatated outward with respect to the shin bone. Routine sprains are inversion injuries, the foot rolls under the ankle. Has takes about twice as long to recover compared to routine sprains. Displacement requires surgery. ...Read more

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I have a foot/ankle sprain that hasn't healed after 3 months no fracture I'm worried what's wrong?

I have a foot/ankle sprain that hasn't healed after 3 months no fracture I'm worried what's wrong?

Have it evaluated.: Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. The x-rays may be falsely negative initially in cases of small stress fractures. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
1,209 Doctors shared insights

Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more