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How long should a sprained ankle take to heal?

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I sprained my left ankle riding about 5 weeks ago, and it still hurts. I can walk on it with no pain, but if I move it certain ways, it hurts. For example, if I turn it to the left, it hurts. When I wake up in the morning, it hurts also. The Xray said not broken, but I'm wondering if I messed up some tendons or something.

Edit: Forgot to mention It was very bruised and swollen for the first week or so. In fact, there is still a slight amount of swelling, 5 weeks after the incident. Thats another thing I am worried about.

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Usually only a week for me. You might have got a little bit more than a normal sprained though.

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The key to getting a sprain to heal is to stay off of it. That's the hardest part, the more you walk on it the longer it takes.

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A serious sprain will take a loong time to get better, but if you exercise it, it will get better faster. When i sprained mine; the doc gave me a big rubber band to do resistance type training; left, right, up and down. You need to rebuild the strength and get range of motion back. On a really bad sprain, you could have arthritic-like symptoms for up to a year or more. You can tell when the weather is changing too.

It is said that sprains are worse that breaks...

Good luck!

Paul

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The weird thing about it is I was able to walk around on it fine the next day. I thought this has happened before, no big deal. I guess not.

I did ride for about 2 hours after the injury, so I'm guessing that had something to do with it.

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You can tell when the weather is changing too.

Sweet! I've always wanted to do that! "A storm's a brewin, I can feel it in ma bones" :thumbsup:

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Man I couldn't even walk for two weeks, I mean I was limping to get to my classes. And my friends were making fun of me since I was walking so slow. But after those two weeks I completly healed.

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