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How Long Does It Take to Recover From an Ankle Sprain

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Ankle sprains occur when one or more of the ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. This usually occurs due to a sudden injury or impact to the ankle. How long it takes to recover from an ankle sprain depends on the severity of the sprain and how closely you follow your doctor’s advice. A Grade 1 ankle sprain, which is considered mild, usually takes one to three weeks to recover. For a Grade 2 sprain, recovery time is a bit longer, at three to six weeks. A Grade 3 sprain, the most severe type, will take several months to fully heal. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Riznyk Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Orchard Park, and Irving, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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