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Sprained Ankle: Rehabilitation Exercises

Ankle sprains are common injuries that can result in lifelong problems. Some people with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term joint pain and weakness. Treating a sprained ankle can help prevent ongoing ankle problems.

Key points

Rehabilitation (rehab) exercises are critical to ensure that the ankle heals completely and reinjury does not occur.

  • You can begin healing by walking or bearing some weight, while using crutches if needed, if you can do so without too much pain.
  • Start rehab with range-of-motion exercises in the first 72 hours after your injury. Continue with further rehab, including stretching, strength training, and balance exercises, over the next several weeks to months.
  • You can do rehab exercises at home or even at the office to strengthen your ankle.
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Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised November 15, 2011

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Last Updated: November 15, 2011
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