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Around how long should swelling from a sprained ankle last?

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

Dr. Payam Rafat
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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


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How long should swelling last for with a sprained ankle?

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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How long does swelling last after ankle sprain?

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

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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How long is the swelling from a sprained ankle?

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 it's 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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How long does it take to heal a sprained ankle? And for the swelling to go down?

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

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

10-14 days: 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. ...Read more

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

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

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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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.

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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How long does the swelling of a sprained ankle persist? I sprained my left ankle for the second time and after almost 5 weeks it is still swollen.

How long does the swelling of a sprained ankle persist? I sprained my left ankle for the second time and after almost 5 weeks it is still swollen.

Depends: Swelling in the ankle can persist for many months if nothing is done to rehab the muscles around the ankle. I would start doing calf raises and light jogging on a treadmill for short distance to regain proper balance and function. ...Read more

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I have a Grade 3 sprained ankle, how long will it take for my bruising and swelling to go away?

I have a Grade 3 sprained ankle, how long will it take for my bruising and swelling to go away?

2-3 weeks: Bruising and swelling should improve in 2-3 weeks with rest, ice, compression. Stability for a grade 3 may take 2-3 months ...Read more

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I had a right ankle sprain 2 weeks before.still there is discomfort and swelling. also, i have numbness n tingling sensation in second last toe?

I had a right ankle sprain 2 weeks before.still there is discomfort and swelling. also, i have numbness n tingling sensation in second last toe?

Physician evaluation: When you a have a sprain, ligaments have been partially torn and the surrounding muscles remain weak and unbalanced, leading to continued ankle instability. Other reasons for continued pain and swelling include an undetected fracture, bone bruising or tendon tearing. Consider seeing a doctor for an x-ray and exam. Numbness is often from minor injury or swelling to the surrounding nerves. ...Read more

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Hi, flying long haul 3 flights (5, 14 & 3 hrs each) journey 4 weeks after ankle sprain. Am mobile, minimal swelling, allergic to aspirin. Dvt risk?

Hi, flying long haul 3 flights (5, 14 & 3 hrs each) journey 4 weeks after ankle sprain. Am mobile, minimal swelling, allergic to aspirin. Dvt risk?

Take precautions..: There is always a risk, even for people without an ankle sprain. Try to keep mobile, even on the plane. Walk, or at least stand, multiple times per flight. Stay hydrated and try not to kink you leg from sitting too long. ...Read more

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Car accident. Sprained ankle. X-ray showed no fracture. How short to how long could sprain take to heal? How long could the swelling take to dissapear

Car accident. Sprained ankle. X-ray showed no fracture. How short to how long could sprain take to heal? How long could the swelling take to dissapear

It depends. : If there is ligament injury or tendons injury it might take up to 3 month with conservative treatment. If no soft tissue or bone injury it should take few days ...Read more

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Sprained ankle last month ER ruled out fracture going on 6 weeks swelling not going down red patches on leg foot and leg numb up to butt cheek worried

Sprained ankle last month ER ruled out fracture going on 6 weeks swelling not going down red patches on leg foot and leg numb up to butt cheek worried

Ankle injury: With ankle injuries, bones are only one level of concern. We also have to worry about the ligaments which are most commonly injured during an ankle sprain and will not show up on plain film x-rays. I would recommend that you immobilize the limb as much as possible and consult with your closest podiatrist. An MRI of the best in order to rule out soft tissue injuries. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to get rid of the swelling from a sprained ankle, fast?

How to get rid of the swelling from a sprained ankle, fast?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle but not really swelling. Is this abnormal?

Sprained ankle but not really swelling. Is this abnormal?

It is possible.: Minor injuries may be treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation, pain medication, and anti-inflammatory medication. If the sprain was not a sever one it is possible to have little to no visible external swelling. ...Read more

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What exactly is the hard swelling around my sprained ankle?

What exactly is the hard swelling around my sprained ankle?

Many causes.: Bruising and swelling can be caused by damaged blood vessels from the impact, but can also indicate that a ligament may be torn. Blood rushes to the area in order to help with healing. Serous fluid released from the torn tissues of the ligament also contributing to the swelling around the area of the injury. ...Read more

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How do I know when will my swelling stop on my sprained ankle?

Upto a few weeks is : Possible, rest, ice, compression, elevation should help reduce it as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could u have a sprained ankle without swelling?

Please tell me, could u have a sprained ankle without swelling?

It is possible.: If it was not a major sprain you man not notice any significant swelling. ...Read more

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Suggest me medicines for relieving painand reducing swelling on my sprained ankle?

Suggest me medicines for relieving painand reducing swelling on my sprained ankle?

Sprained ankle: For sprained ankles, resting is important but probably the hardest to do, icing around the area, compression with comfortable ace-bandage, and elevation. Taking antiinflammatory medication (advil, ibuprofen, motrin, etc) can be helpful the first few weeks after to help decrease pain and swelling. Also, getting over counter ankle bracing may help for more moderate sprains. ...Read more

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What should be done for sprained ankle that is not painful or any swelling (feels slightly "off")?

What should be done for sprained ankle that is not painful or any swelling (feels slightly "off")?

PT: Best to see a pt to strengthen the muscles on the outside of the ankle to restore stability. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any foods or rememdies that can stop swelling/relieve pain from a post sprained ankle?

Please tell me if there are any foods or rememdies that can stop swelling/relieve pain from a post sprained ankle?

Some: My favorite natural remedies to reduce swelling after an ankle injury are castor oil massages starting from toes up to knees, ice packs, elevation, light compression. Its unlikely a localized injury can get a reduction in edema by eating a certain food, however Bananas and celery are great for reducing general swelling...they won't hurt to try if not allergic! ...Read more

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Sprained ankle nearly 3 months ago after 6 weeks seemed to heal and return to normal over the past week swelling and pain has returned?

Sprained ankle nearly 3 months ago after 6 weeks seemed to heal and return to normal over the past week swelling and pain has returned?

get rechecked: Just because the ankle feels better after 6 weeks, it still needs to be conditioned to get back up to it's pre-injury strength. You may have re-injured the area or may have something new going on. Have it rechecked. ...Read more

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1 month in on recovery of sprained ankle. Did some exercises for ankle yesterday and swelling came back with slight pain. What does this mean?

1 month in on recovery of sprained ankle. Did some exercises for ankle yesterday and swelling came back with slight pain. What does this mean?

Rest: 4 weeks may not be enough time for complete healing before starting therapy. 6-8 wks is typically the amount of time it takes to heal a sprain if immobilized. Even with complete healing, scar tissue develops and can contribute to swelling on and off for months during rehab. Check with your physician in person for proper rehabilitation! ...Read more

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Sprained ankle but no swelling?

Sprained ankle but no swelling?

It is possible.: Minor injuries may be treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation, pain medication, and anti-inflammatory medication. If the sprain was not a sever one it is possible to have little to no visible external swelling. ...Read more

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. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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