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Can I walk on a sprained ankle?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Yes if NO fracture

Ankle sprains are one of the most common extremity injuries.
Most mild sprains are effectively treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Walking is allowed and recommended as soon as it is tolerated. Splinting or bracing can be useful to speed up recovery and the ability to walk with more significant ankle sprains.

In brief: Yes if NO fracture

Ankle sprains are one of the most common extremity injuries.
Most mild sprains are effectively treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Walking is allowed and recommended as soon as it is tolerated. Splinting or bracing can be useful to speed up recovery and the ability to walk with more significant ankle sprains.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine

In brief: Depends on severity

A high grade ankle sprain is best served being non-weight bearing.
If a patient wants a tight ankle after a sprain, he should be nonweight bearing for a week or two and then gradually walk with a supportive ankle brace. The most common reason for persistent ankle sprains is incomplete rehabilitation from an ankle sprain. Typically the ankle feels ok after 3 weeks but won't be completely healed.

In brief: Depends on severity

A high grade ankle sprain is best served being non-weight bearing.
If a patient wants a tight ankle after a sprain, he should be nonweight bearing for a week or two and then gradually walk with a supportive ankle brace. The most common reason for persistent ankle sprains is incomplete rehabilitation from an ankle sprain. Typically the ankle feels ok after 3 weeks but won't be completely healed.
Dr. James Chen
Dr. James Chen
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