Ankle sprains are painful and annoying. The swelling, inflammation, and ache that come with the injury hinder your ability to live your active life. This can be especially disturbing for athletes. Treatment plans and recovery time to heal an ankle sprain vary depending on the severity of the injury and where within the ankle the sprain has occurred. Whether or not you require surgery, you will likely have to wear a cast, boot, or splint to help immobilize your ankle. This will help accelerate the healing process. Four to six weeks is usually a sufficient amount of time to heal before you can begin to slowly return to your usual activities. However, if the injury is severe, the recovery time might be extended further. You can help the process by elevating your leg, applying ice to swollen areas, and getting plenty of rest. Once you start returning to your normal lifestyle, keep an eye out for any signs of significant pain, increased swelling, or numbness, as these could indicate you are not fully healed.
Dr. Victoria Melhuish of Sierra Foot and Ankle can help answer your questions about ankle sprains. Call (775) 783-8037 or visit our locations in Carson City or Gardnerville, NV.