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Dr. Amira Mantoura
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Around how long should swelling from a sprained ankle last?

Dr. Amira Mantoura
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Around how long should swelling from a sprained ankle last?

6 weeks to tx sprain: An ankle injury can involve many foot and ankle structures. Depending on how much damage there is, it may take up to 6 weeks of immobilization, rest, ice, elevation and anti inflammatory medication before the pain and swelling subside. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Fred Birnbaum
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How long should swelling last for with a sprained ankle?

Dr. Fred Birnbaum
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How long should swelling last for with a sprained ankle?

Depends: Swelling is usually the last symptom to go away after the injury. The severity of the sprain, whether the ligaments are partially or completely torn has a major bearing on the healing rate. Ice and compression are quite helpful and physical therapy modalities can hasten healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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How long does the swelling last from an ankle sprain?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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How long does the swelling last from an ankle sprain?

Depends on : Severity of sprain.

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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How long does swelling last after ankle sprain?

Dr. Payam Rafat
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How long does swelling last after ankle sprain?

Many possibilities: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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How long can swelling last with a sprained ankle? It's 6 weeks and still swollen. Had x-rays and no breaks or fractures.

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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How long can swelling last with a sprained ankle? It's 6 weeks and still swollen. Had x-rays and no breaks or fractures.

See Ortho Surgeon: You may have something else going on in your ankle such as instability (looseness), loose bodies, a cartilage lesion, or scar tissue that is causing swelling and flui accumulation within your ankle joint. Further or initial orthopaedic evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
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How long is the swelling from a sprained ankle?

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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How long is the swelling from a sprained ankle?

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 or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped! ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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How long does it take to heal a sprained ankle? And for the swelling to go down?

Dr. Marvin Ott
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How long does it take to heal a sprained ankle? And for the swelling to go down?

It depends: Courtney, The healing time depends on the degree of injury. Most sprains heal in 7-10 days, but severe ones can take longer. Be sure to RICE- rest, compress (ace wrap), ice (frozen peas), and elevate. Avoid running or jumping until symptoms resolve. If you are not better in 2 weeks, visit your doctor, because further testing may be needed. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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How long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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How long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

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. ...Read more

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

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

Varies: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Is a sprained ankle supposed to be swollen after 3 weeks ? It seemed normal last week but than started swelling again. And it started hurting again.

Dr. David Schleimer
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See an MD: Ankle injuries can cause leakage of inflammatory fluids for quite some time. This is aggravated by it being a weight bearing structure, and gravity allows pooling of fluids in the lowest extremities. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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