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Severe ankle sprain 8 days ago. Still can't walk, top of foot numb, bruising severe. How long should take to heal? Can i damage further trying to walk

Severe ankle sprain 8 days ago. Still can't walk, top of foot numb, bruising severe. How long should take to heal? Can i damage further trying to walk

Ankle sprain: Normal healing of a sprained ankle takes several weeks (on average). If its a chronically sprained ankle with constant pain and instability, it will take longer than a "normal" sprain. Yes, a sprain can get worse. Usually 3-4 weeks of rest, icing, antiinflammatory meds (like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should be normal. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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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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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 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?

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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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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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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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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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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Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, i take it off to sleep. How long before i can let the crutches go and walk on it?

Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, i take it off to sleep. How long before i can let the crutches go and walk on it?

Healing times vary: Healing times may vary depending on the individual and on the severity of the injury. Pain and swelling may last a long time. The pain and swelling will usually improve over the course of the first few weeks. When you are able to put pressure on it without any significant pain and instability you may be able to wean yourself off of the crutches. Consult with your doctor. ...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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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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For how long after a severe ankle sprain should I wear a supportive brace? It has been 5 weeks and I am still walking with a limp.

For how long after a severe ankle sprain should I wear a supportive brace? It has been 5 weeks and I am still walking with a limp.

Varies: It varies a somewhat based upon the severity of the sprain. The fact that you are still limping when you walk suggests you are not fully healed. You may want to schedule a follow up appointment to make sure it was nothing more than a sprain. One way to see if you are ready to come out if the support is to try it without and see. You will know then if you are ready. Follow up appointment. ...Read more

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I was put in an air cast today due to a severe ankle sprain. Am I supposed to take it off when I go to bed or leave it on until I follow up with ortho?

Only your doctor: can tell you the management , who knows extent of damage , disruption of ligament ( s) etc Some injuries needs immobilization of joint all the time , some need during weight bearing period Call your doctor ...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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How long does it take the welling on an ankle sprain to go away?

How long does it take the welling on an ankle sprain to go away?

Depends on sprain: Severity. Rice. Rest- 24-48hrs. Avoid activities w use of ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 mins every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- wrap foot, ankle ; lower leg w ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. See dr if pain ; swelling not improving. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a major ankle sprain?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a major ankle sprain?

Major ankle 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. If pain doesn't subside, you may need imaging or operative treatment. Hope that helped! ...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

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


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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