Symptoms and Signs of How Long Does a Sprained Ankle (Twisted Ankle) Take to Heal?

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Medically Reviewed on 4/8/2019

Doctor's Notes on How Long Does a Sprained Ankle (Twisted Ankle) Take to Heal?

A sprained ankle is an injury to the ligaments of the ankle. In a sprain, the ligaments supporting the ankle joint become partially or completely torn. An ankle sprain is most commonly caused by sudden stretching due to a twisting movement, such as occurs when playing sports or stepping off on an uneven surface.

Signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle include pain, swelling, and tenderness of the ankle. Other associated symptoms can include the inability to bear weight on the ankle, inability to walk, and bruising of the skin around the injured area. A pop or tear can sometimes be felt at the time of the injury. The signs and symptoms can vary in severity depending on the extent of damage to the ligaments.


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