Without some movement, the ankle tissues will become weak. So podiatrists generally recommend staying off the ankle for two or three days, using crutches, and then transitioning to an ankle brace or boot, along with taping for stability while you heal.
Accordingly, can you walk on a sprained ankle?
If you can put weight on your foot and walk immediately after having twisted your ankle, it's very unlikely that you have broken anything. If the ligaments have only been slightly stretched, you can usually move your foot normally again after a few days. But even minor ankle sprains can be painful.
How long should it take for a sprained ankle to heal?
It usually takes 5 to 14 days to recover from a grade one ankle sprain. This is when slight stretching and damage occurs to the ligaments. With a grade one sprain, there is slight instability, pain, swelling, joint stiffness and trouble walking. Grade two sprains can take 4 to 6 weeks to heal.
How do you know if you have a sprained ankle or a fracture?
If you have a broken ankle or broken foot, you may experience some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Immediate, throbbing pain.
- Pain that increases with activity and decreases with rest.
- Difficulty in walking or bearing weight.