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Dr. Abdul Q. Ahmed answered:

Around how long should swelling from a sprained ankle last?

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The swelling typically lasts from 3-6 weeks, depending on the severity of the ankle sprain. Swelling improves with elevation, rest and application of ice.
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Dr. Payam Rafat answered:

How long does swelling last after ankle sprain?

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Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. 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.
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How long does the swelling last from an ankle sprain?

Depends on

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Severity of sprain.
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Dr. James Bicos answered:

How long does it take until swelling goes down from an ankle sprain?

10-14 days

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A typical ankle sprain takes 10-14 days for recovery. There are many other variables to consider, especially what your exam is like. If rest, ice, elevation, and compression (RICE) does not work, get it checked out by an orthopedic physician.
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Dr. Nolan Segal answered:

How long does it take for swelling to go after an rolling inwards ankle sprain?

Varies

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It depends on how much damage was done and the degree of swelling. The more you elevate the quicker it will resolve. Could take days to weeks.
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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin answered:

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

Depends

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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.
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How long will pain in my leg last after an ankle sprain?

Depends

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How bad the sprain was could be anywhere from day or two to couple of months. Rest, ice, compression, elevation immediately after the injury is helpful. Bracing the ankle is a good idea following a bad sprain, physical therapy can be helpful if there is residual pain.
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Dr. Bryan Mohr answered:

What can be done for swelling from an ankle sprain?

Rest

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Rest, Elevate, Ice and nsaid. Find an OTC ankle brace if sprain was bad, this will help support the ankle.
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Dr. Jeffrey Ross answered:

Ankle sprain caused severe swelling to foot, what to do?

P.R.I.C.E.

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After an acute ankle sprain the rule is PRICE. Protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. This will help to reduce the swelling, but you have to be proactive and consistent. Stay off the ankle, and reduce activity which causes the ligaments to 'stretch' out. You want to protect the structures, and keep the ice on through the first week. Physical therapy can help a great deal as well.
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Would an ankle sprain take two days to start hurting and start swelling?

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Yes. You should start with RICE as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and proprioception may need time to recovery after the injury, and you don't want to further injure yourself by going "all out" too fast.
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