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Ankle Sprain (cont.)

Ankle Sprain Prognosis

Most ankle sprains heal without complications or difficulty.

  • Surgery is seldom needed for torn ligaments. Ligament tears are often noticed when sprains fail to get better. If the diagnosis of a tendon tear that needs surgery is not made right away, the outcome of the surgery is the same as if the doctor did the operation immediately.

  • Recovery time depends upon the severity of the ankle sprain and possible accompanying injuries.

  • Exercises should be started to maintain flexibility and strength when the swelling has resolved and the patient can walk without pain.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014

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