How long will my sprained ankle take to heal?

If your sprain did not require surgery, you should see improvement in four to six weeks. However, patients will heal at different rates—and impatient sufferers may set back their healing times by trying to do too much too quickly.

Your sprained ankle treatment in PA will likely begin by immobilizing the joint. Most injuries will need to be protected from further damage as they heal, so you may need to wear a cast or boot to keep the ankle stable as you walk, sit, and sleep. 

Many patients who find walking difficult in the first week after injuring an ankle benefit from using a cane or crutches to bear their weight. However, much of the swelling and pain will subside in three or four days, especially if the patient applies ice and takes anti-inflammatory medication. 

When the swelling has subsided, your doctor may recommend motion exercises to strengthen your foot. These can be painful at first but will prevent stiffness as your ankle heals. It is vital that you only do as many movements—and only for the length of time—that your doctor prescribes.

The important thing to remember is that a full recovery cannot be rushed. Injuries from minor sprains to completely torn ligaments can heal without surgery, but recuperation will take time. There is no way to speed up the process, and there are many ways to re-injure the joint while it is vulnerable during healing.

The trusted podiatrists at HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates can help you develop a healing plan that will get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Call us today at 610-565-3668 in Media or 610-933-8644 in Phoenixville to set up your first consultation.

Athlete's Foot

Also called “tinea pedis”, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that commonly appears between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the feet. It causes an itching, stinging sensation and is contagious. See a doctor if your condition doesn’t improve or gets worse.

Diabetes

One complication of diabetes is a tendency to foot problems. Diabetics can be afflicted with diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, two serious conditions. Also, when a diabetic acquires one of the more common foot problems like athlete’s foot or bunions, they are more likely to become infected and/or lead to serious complications.

Plantar Warts

Warts can come in all different shapes and sizes, especially on the foot and toes. Warts are very hard to treat, but a proper medical diagnosis and consistent treatment can help you get rid of this painful, ugly virus.

Ankle Sprain

An estimated 25,000 people experience an ankle sprain each day, making this injury one of the most common. Anyone of any age can sprain an ankle, whether playing sports or just walking on an uneven surface. Because a sprain can be more serious than you first think, you need a doctor to diagnose this injury.

Gout

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can be found in joints throughout the entire body. Gout is commonly found in the foot and can create terrible discomfort for the toes. If you think you are experience gout or any other type of arthritis in your foot, ankle, or leg, contacting a podiatrist is the most important decision you can make to fix your joint pain.

Flat Feet

The condition known as flat feet, sometimes also called “fallen arches”, is a common problem. Although usually painless, this condition can cause problems with your knees and ankles. If your flat feet are causing you pain, you should have this condition checked out.

Hammertoes

When the toe is permanently bent in a claw-like position, it is called hammertoe. Usually appearing in the second toe, hammertoe is often caused by ill-fitting shoes. This condition can and should be treated by a podiatrist as early on as possible to avoid surgery.

Bunions

If you suffer from bunions, you know how painful they can become. These bony enlargements, usually occurring at the base of the big toe, can cause the big toe to turn inward towards the other toes. Whether caused by genetics, arthritis or years of ill-fitting shoes, bunions can be treated successfully.

Corns

Caused by pressure or rubbing on the skin, corns are usually formed when shoes fit improperly. While very annoying, corns can be treated very successfully. Seeing a podiatrist should be the first step to relief.

Heel Spurs

When a hook of bone forms on the heel bone, it is called a heel spur. This condition is sometimes linked with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue in the arch of the foot. Heel spurs can be painful, but there are many successful treatments.

Sclerosis - Scleroderma

This disorder results in the hardening and inflammation of many organs in the body. In most cases of scleroderma, the indications of the disease are seen on the skin; with symmetrical skin-thickening, discoloration, and/or lesions.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma is an increasingly popular treatment used at Healthmark Foot and Ankle for healing and recovery from injury.