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I twisted my ankle 4 weeks ago. It is still swollen, throbs a lot and hurts on the pad when i walk. No x-rays were done but i was told its a sprain. How long will it take to heal?
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Varies
Recovery from an ankle sprain is highly variable.
It depends on the degree of ligament tearing, the need and compliance with immobilization (boot, cast, brace), compliance with relative rest and the success with rehab. At times, occult ( hard to diagnose) fractures or bone bruising create longer recovery periods. Average full recovery from a typical sprain is 1-2 months.

In brief: Varies
Recovery from an ankle sprain is highly variable.
It depends on the degree of ligament tearing, the need and compliance with immobilization (boot, cast, brace), compliance with relative rest and the success with rehab. At times, occult ( hard to diagnose) fractures or bone bruising create longer recovery periods. Average full recovery from a typical sprain is 1-2 months.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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2 doctors agree
In brief: You may
Need to have an x-ray or MRI to see if you have a fracture or ligament tear.
Ankle sprains can take 8 to 10 weeks to heal on average.

In brief: You may
Need to have an x-ray or MRI to see if you have a fracture or ligament tear.
Ankle sprains can take 8 to 10 weeks to heal on average.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
I would certainly do an xray at this time to rule out a fracture An mri might need to be done based on the physical exam
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
In brief: Have it evaluated.
Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury.
An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. The x-rays may be falsely negative initially in cases of small stress fractures. 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.

In brief: Have it evaluated.
Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury.
An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. The x-rays may be falsely negative initially in cases of small stress fractures. 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.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Vann Johnson
Podiatry
In brief: 4 weeks
Soft tissue such as ankle sprains take about 4-6 weeks to heal with the correct therapy and immobilization.
Depending on the grade of the sprain, more or less non weight bearing (not walking on ankle) is required.

In brief: 4 weeks
Soft tissue such as ankle sprains take about 4-6 weeks to heal with the correct therapy and immobilization.
Depending on the grade of the sprain, more or less non weight bearing (not walking on ankle) is required.
Dr. Vann Johnson
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