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Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Take much longer

Dr. Fowler has provided great steps for managing a sprained ankle.
If you don't rest it though, the swelling, pain, and bruising will persist and healing will take longer. Depending on extent of injury, it can also be hard to tell a sprain from a fracture without xray. Pain may force you to stay off your foot for awhile. Unless you want a less stable ankle over time, resting it is essential.

In brief: Take much longer

Dr. Fowler has provided great steps for managing a sprained ankle.
If you don't rest it though, the swelling, pain, and bruising will persist and healing will take longer. Depending on extent of injury, it can also be hard to tell a sprain from a fracture without xray. Pain may force you to stay off your foot for awhile. Unless you want a less stable ankle over time, resting it is essential.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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 (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped!

In brief: 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 (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped!
Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs.
Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an 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.

In brief: Maybe

Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs.
Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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