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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