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Your Sprained Ankle Recovery Timeline

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Your Sprained Ankle Recovery Timeline
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Your Sprained Ankle Recovery Timeline

If you have recently sprained your ankle, you may be wondering how long it will take to recover. So, how
long does a sprained ankle take to heal? Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question since
everyone’s ankle heals differently. The timeline for healing an ankle sprain will vary depending on the
extent of the injury as well as the nature of the injury.

Ankle sprains typically require some form of nurturing: resting, icing, elevating the injured ankle
compression to reduce swelling. The injured ankle often needs to be protected in a boot or brace
depending on the injury. Severe ankle sprains may require longer period of immobility as mild injuries
may not.

How long does it take to recover from a sprained ankle? As long as twelve weeks in some cases. Twelve
weeks is a long time to spend recovering from an injury. If you want to speed up the healing process,
there are a few things you can do:

• Apply ice packs regularly.
• Take over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
• Rest the ankle as much as possible.
• Consult a board-certified foot and ankle specialist.

Don’t treat your sprained ankle on your own.

While most sprained ankles may not become serious injuries, the fact is that there is the possibility of
long-term damage occurring, limiting your mobility, and leaving you in pain for much of the rest of your
life. If you believe you have a sprained ankle, don’t just treat it at home; schedule a consultation with a
podiatrist. They can help assess the extent of the injury and provide you with a recovery plan.

Sprained ankles are common injuries that usually heal within a few weeks. However, your board
certified foot and ankle specialist can help you to a speedy recovery! If you have any other questions
about a sprained ankle in Marietta, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help!
Read about signs it’s time to see a podiatrist.