How Long Is Too Long For A Sprained Ankle To Heal?

Q: I suffered from ankle pain for a few weeks before deciding it might be something severe that might not go away on its own.
I made an appointment with a physician assistant in my sports medicine doctor’s office. She said since there was no bruising and it mostly hurts when I turn my foot inward that it was likely a sprain, and an X-ray wasn’t necessary.
She prescribed an ankle brace and 500mg of Naproxen, and suggested I raise my leg above my heart level for a couple hours each day. I didn’t have an accident that led to the injury, but she suggested I might have had bad footing on the edge of a curb and over-stretched.
Generally speaking, how long to sprains last? I’d like to have an idea of when I should make another doctor’s appointment if it doesn’t start to improve.

A: This orthopedic podiatrist located in Chicago’s West Loop (60661,) Roscoe Village (60618,) Elmhurst (60126) and Bartlett (60103) says…
If your foot is sprained, it should feel better every day and dramatically improve within a week or so. If it gets worse, go see a board-certified podiatrist.
The PA you saw likely does not have the same expertise as a specialist to correctly diagnose your condition — and in fact, an X-ray might be necessary.
If there is pain in your ankle, you need to work with a health care provider to determine the cause. In this case, it doesn’t sound like that was done.
As for the drug you were given, Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. Avoid take if it makes you dizzy and if that happens, call your doctor and ask to be prescribed something else.
The doctors at Ankle and Foot Centers are experts in sports medicine, and we offer digital-X-rays on site to help determine the cause of foot and ankle pain. Come see us if you need advice.
We hope this helps, and good luck!
For more information, visit thinkfeet.com!

Ankle N Foot Center docs & staff

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