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When should you see a doctor about an ankle sprain?

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Most ankle sprains heal on their own between 2 and 12 weeks after you hurt it.

But if your pain is bothersome, especially when you put weight on the injured ankle, it’s a good idea to see your doctor.

She'll be able to tell if you have a sprain or if it's a more serious injury with similar symptoms.

You should also see your doctor if the sprain doesn’t seem to be getting better over time.

Remember, swelling is a natural response to an injury as your body rushes blood to the affected area to help heal it. Since your ankle is so far away from your heart, it takes time to pump blood to and away from the injury. Because of this, you may see swelling long after the ankle has healed.

Speak to your doctor if you have:

  • Prolonged pain
  • Bruising
  • Weakness

From: What Is an Ankle Sprain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Nemours. TeenHealth: “Ankle Sprains.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle." 

American Family Physician.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Nemours. TeenHealth: “Ankle Sprains.”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle." 

American Family Physician.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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