How Long Does It Take To Heal A Sprained Ankle?

by Kilo on March 5, 2011

ankle sprain

How long does it take a sprained ankle to heal?

In my case, in this case, it was about six weeks before I felt good, but I’ve had iffy ankles ever since.

I was  a junior in High School and the star of our little AA program in rural Nevada. I’d never been hurt in a basketball game. One Friday morning,  I was walking through the gym on my way to a class.

A few guys were in the middle of Physical Education class and were shooting baskets. One of them stumbled and bumped into me, very lightly. But it was enough to move my left foot about one millimeter off the ground and rolled it so badly that I couldn’t help but scream (I only screamed once, in my defense!). I’d had mild sprains before, but this was a different animal. I could tell even before I tried to stand up.

And oh…when I tried to stand up. Well, if you’ve ever had a nasty sprain you can imagine.

I spent the next two weeks on crutches. I was astonished that I could need crutches without having an actual broken bone.

I was only 17. I’m 33 now and if I’m going to play basketball, I put on the same ankle braces that I started wearing my Senior year of high school. And ever time I play basketball I feel like they’re on the verge of rolling on me.

What was the “cure”? Ice, rest, lameness, and boredom, that’s what.

These days, even though I would never say my ankles are strong, the amount of ankle flexion I get in squats, combined with all of the staggered-stance variations I do of deadlifts and jerks, have made me a little more confident.

Have any of you guys had a horrific sprain? what did you do, and how long did it take before you felt “normal” again?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Andy March 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm

This post is very timely for me. I’m part way through the healing process for a similar sprain and finding it very frustrating. I’ve been off crutches for a week and am just trying to walk as normally as I can even if it feels uncomfortable.

It seems to be working, light stretching is helping too. Did you do anything to help get ROM back?

On the plus side it’s been a good opportunity to focus on weighted chins!


Kilo March 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Andy, I knew a fraction then of what I knew now, but no, at the time I didn’t do anything special. The doctors said ice, stretching, NSAIDS, and “quit moving you fool!”

Weighted chins are a superior silver lining, my friend.


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