How Long Does It Take For a Sprained Ankle to Heal?

One of the most common questions I get is, “how long does it take for a sprained ankle to heal?” – I mean, it’s only natural, right?

We’ve been put out of commission and just want to end the frustrating pain, so we can get back to our everyday lives. After all, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone – that is how the old saying goes, isn’t it?





There are two very different paths a sprained ankle healing process can take.

Option #1: Icing and Waiting (about 6-8+ weeks)

One of the most common ways to treat a sprained ankle is to simply ice and rest it – this helps cut down on inflammation and avoid any further injury, which begins the healing process.

It also can help ease pain and discomfort, which is why we do recommend initially icing following a sprain.

However, most people think that’s all you can do or should be doing – when in reality – you should be taking a proactive approach by using rehab and recovery techniques.

Option #2: Proactive Rehab Techniques (about 1-4 weeks)

We highly recommend taking a much more proactive approach when recovering from a sprained ankle – begin to move the ankle as soon as possible – don’t apply weight yet, simply sit and move it around – get a sense of which directions are most tender.

By working with the body to relieve tension, spasm and compensation, while improving blood flow to speed up the healing process, most of our clients see dramatic results within days instead of weeks, and continue to improve quickly from there.

Rehab includes strategic icing, self-help techniques to relieve pain and increase blood flow, stretching, as well as strengthening exercises.

Results Will Vary

Since your injury is as unique as you are, how long it’ll take to heal will greatly depend on how severe the injury was.

However, if you take the proactive rehab route, we guarantee that you’ll recover faster, easier and dramatically reduce the risk of ever spraining your ankle again.

You’ll have the exact strategies and techniques to work with, stretch and re-strengthen your ankle – so you can get rid of any built up tension, increase blood flow and recalibrate your balance to avoid weakness.

Getting Started Is Simple

We’ve designed our at-home rehab program to be as easy and step-by-step as possible – it addresses any kind of sprain, so it’ll work for your unique injury – regardless of the circumstances.

Of course, you should first get your ankle checked out by a doctor to ensure you haven’t broken any bones – from there, the rehab process can begin right away.

Article Added: 3/14/2012, Revised: n/a