by Dr. Christopher Milkie
The most common question our Milwaukee, WI podiatrists get about an ankle sprain injury is how long the injury will take to heal. The answer depends on many factors, such as:
- Severity of the injury (from a minor sprain to complete tear)
- The willingness of the patient to perform ankle stretches and strengthening exercises
- The length of time between injury and treatment
While each case is different, the phases of recovery are generally the same and can give patients an idea as to what each step of the recovery process entails and the average time for each phase.
Phases of Ankle Spain Recovery
The first phase in the recovery process involves resting, protecting the injured ankle and reducing the swelling. Depending on the severity of the sprain, this phase could last at least one week.
The second phase is all about rehabilitation. During this phase your doctor will have you work on restoring range of motion in the injured ankle, strengthening the ligaments and muscles in the area, and increasing flexibility. Phase two generally lasts between one and three weeks.
The third phase includes working toward getting back to pre-injury activities. It is recommended that, during this phase, the patient continue to exercise and stretch the ankle along with participating in day-to-day activities that do not require sudden turns and twists of the ankle. This is the longest phase, and it lasts from several weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the injury and the level of activity the patient wishes to maintain.
Successful Treatment of an Ankle Sprain
It is crucial that you see an experienced Milwaukee, WI podiatrist that specializes in ankle sprains as soon as possible. Treatment should start soon after the injury occurs in order to increase your chances of making a full recovery. When left untreated, the injured ankle may remain weak and heal improperly. Because of this, it is more likely to become reinjured, leading to further damage to the ligaments in the ankle and even the ankle joint itself.
Successfully treating an ankle sprain is crucial to the long-term prognosis of the patient. When properly treated, the injury, no matter the severity, can generally be completely healed and lead to no long-term pain or weakness in the ankle. Even those who suffer from a serious ankle sprain can usually go back to physically demanding sports, such as basketball, tennis, or running.
Getting the Help You Need From an Experienced Team of Podiatrists
Our Milwaukee, WI podiatrists have been healing painful feet and ankles in Wisconsin for over 20 years, and we work hard to ensure that we are on the cutting edge of treatment options. This means that, when you visit a doctor at Milwaukee Foot Specialists, you are getting the best possible treatment for your injury.
If you have hurt your ankle, please do not delay; get an appointment today. Same day, acute-care appointments are available at many of our four convenient locations. Don’t take a risk with your recovery. Call 1.973.595.8900 today.