Recovery from an ankle sprain is complete when the following goals have been met:
Function is restored to the affected ankle.
2. Joint stability and
strength have been regained.
3. Daily activities, including
sports, can be completed without soreness, swelling and/or pain.
length of time for recovery from an ankle sprain will depend on
the severity of injury.
Mild sprains take 2-3 days before stiffness and pain subsides.
Strict adherence to a proper treatment plan during the first day
or two following the injury improves chances for a rapid and complete
recovery. When walking, the ankle needs the support of a stirrup
brace or splint.
Moderate sprains may require 1-3 weeks of treatment while gradually returning
to activities. If, at this point, there continues to be swelling
and instability during activity, an orthopedic surgeon should be
consulted. Full recovery from ankle sprains should occur within
5-8 weeks of the injury. During this time, the ankle should be supported
with a protective lace-up or stirrup brace.
sprains require 6-12 months to heal completely. With protective
taping and/or bracing, it is possible to resume athletic activity
before this time, but the risk of re-injury is higher. Athletes
should not return to sports until rehabilitation is complete, since
risk for re-injury is great. A re-injury would make it less
likely that the ankle would recover the same strength that existed
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