Ankle Healing Torn Ligament

Everyone always hears the standard recommendation when they twist an ankle. Ice it and rest. This is often known as the R.I.C.E. System which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. While this is an O.K approach in the instant short term, there a re plenty of heavy lacks to this system of rehabilitation. They include :

Drawbacks of R.I.C.E. for a twisted ankle :

* customarily takes at least 2-8 weeks to heal.

* doesn't increase range of motion.

* doesn't correct neural damage.

* doesn't buttress ankle.

* Increases possibility of ankle injury in the future.

* Increases chance of knee ( A.C.L. - Anterior Cruciate Ligament ) and hip injuries.

I have sprained my very own ankle a number of times during the past, because I play a lot of basketball. I have personally been throuugh all of the disappointment and agony that's concerned with this sort of injury. Finally, I wondered if there was a better way to rehab myself then the old version of R.I.C.E. Since I could be a licensed trainer from one of the most prestigious fitness schedules in the united states, ( N.A.S.M. (National Academy of Sports Medicine), I already knew that there had to be an easier way. I just had to uncover it.

When you sprain an ankle, a lot of things happen. Beyond the clear swelling, rigidity, and bruising, there are 3 main issues that must be addressed to heal the ankle quickly and correctly :

1 ) The body has a tendency to heal very slowly. Left to itself, an ankle injury usually takes about 2-8 weeks to cure, depending on the severity of the injury. However when you actively rehabilitate it with specific exercises that fortify it and increase range of motion, the ankle replies very quickly and swelling goes down rapidly. My clients recover from a twisted ankle in days not weeks. They're often walking typically inside 3-5 days after an ankle twist injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament tear healing?
    Ankle ligament tear healing?
    Ok, so if you read my earlier questions i though I had broken my foot well it turns out I had torn a ligament around my ankle. Honestly Im happy since its getting me out of an obligation. But Im afraid Ill heal real quick and still have to do the obligation. I seriously cant just tell me family to let me quit the obligation so........How can i prolong my torn ligament, for about 4-6 weeks?

    • ANSWER:
      No problem. If you have a torn tendon, then it will probably take at least six weeks to heal.

      Been there.

  2. QUESTION:
    When will I be able to play softball again when my torn ankle ligament heals.?
    I tore my anterionferior talofibular ligament about 2 weeks ago. I have to wear a cast for six weeks then therapy. has anyone ever healed good, where they could play sports again?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm actually somewhat surprised that they casted you, but yeah, you can totally return to participation once you strenghten the area. Unfortunately if you completely tore the ligament it will never fully heal, however through physical therapy you can strengthen the musculature surrounding the area which protect the torn ligament.
      I only say that I'm surprised about the casting because often times sports specialists (generally orthopedic doctors) will place the individual in a pneumatic walking boot if they decide that immobilization is needed (it can be removed during therapy sessions), then control swelling, maintain range of motion, and then begin strengthening the area.
      You will work on range of motion, regaining strength, and improving balance in the injured leg to prevent future injury when you're in physical therapy.
      Once the doctor and therapist agree that you have improved to a point that participation in athletics will not be harmful to your ankle, you'll be cleared to go back to softball (and hopefully have a great season!!)

  3. QUESTION:
    will my torn ankle ligament heal properly...enough to skate again?
    im 14 and i tore my ankle ligament skating 1 day ago,i went to the emergency that where i found out that i tore it....im in crutches and ace bandage and a slpint.will my ankle heal properly enough to ever skate again?how long?,and are there anythings i could do to speed up the recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you that you should be just fine, I have experienced this as well. I am a basketball player and my sophomore year I came down on an opponents foot after getting a rebound, I thought it was just a sprain but I had actually torn a ligament in my ankle :( . I then found out a few days later that I was going to have to have surgery because it was that severe. Although this injury did put me out for the rest of my sophomore season, I was right back on my feet my junior year playing just like normal :) . So I would say that if you have to have surgery it will be a few months, if not maybe a month I would say... But I would still give it a little 'extra' time. Better safe than sorry!

  4. QUESTION:
    Will a sprained ankle or torn ligament heal without medical treatment?

    Fireball, I generally think of x-rays as part of medical treatment.
    Dr. Spike is my primary care physician.

    • ANSWER:
      lots of ice until it aches then remove soon as warm again more ice keep weight off elevate while resting and sleeping

  5. QUESTION:
    Torn Ligament in ankle not healing?
    I tore a ligament in my ankle last February and it's been bothering me when I'm sprinting, and now it flat out kills when I play. I'm pretty sure I rolled it at my game yesterday and it's been killing me ever since, is this something I should check up with a doctor or just rest it?

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  6. QUESTION:
    torn ligament in ankle healing?
    happened yesterday

    went to doctor said grade 3 out of 4 (4 being worst sprain)
    ive been doing everything i can and i have a HUGE volleyball game friday

    shouild i be walking on it (with a a brace) even if it hurts a little or should i use crutches a day then walk on it.
    the doctor said crutches if you need them not nessesary

    • ANSWER:
      You should be on crutches. I am sure that the doctor told you that crutches will be needed for a while. A grade III sprain has a large tear in it and is just short of needing surgical stabilization. If you go out and attempt to walk on the ankle there is a risk that you will tear the ligament further and that will mean surgical stabilization. With a grade III there is going to be a course of physical therapy to strengthen the ankle muscles, ligaments, and proprioceptive sense. That is going to take time. Even professional athletes with this type of injury don't do anything that will potentially exacerbate the injury. Forget the game as a player and just watch it from the bench or you could be out forever. Follow the doctor's advice and just take things easy.

  7. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle, torn ligament and bruising on the top of ankle. Fastest way to heal?
    So i got in a motorcycle accident about 2 months ago. The doc said i have a torn ligament on the bottom of my foot and i had a bad gash wound to the top of my ankle but it has healed now but is still really swollen. I can barely walk at the moment and need it to heal as I am in the police academy and I know they won't put up with this much longer.

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  8. QUESTION:
    I need to rehabilitate my ankle ligament?
    I need rehabilitation exercises after the torn ankle ligament healed (I cannot move - twist - my foot inwards completely). Also, is there a website where I may find such exercises.

    • ANSWER:
      Ligaments take six weeks to heal after an injury. You should be wearing an aircast ankle brace or something similar to prevent your ankle from twisting. After your ankle is healed the usual recommendation is to start getting the stiffness out by writing the alphabet with your foot and ankle. After you get the stiffness out you can start the other exercises. Google "ankle exercises" and there are a slew of exercise sites for you to try.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I help my torn ligament in ankle heal.?
    My MRI Final Report is:

    Evidence of bone contusion involving the medial aspect of the calcaneus extending into the calcaneal neck.

    Complete Rupture of the anterior talofibular ligament! URRRRR!
    (Posterior and tibiofibular ligaments appear intact as well as the tendons)

    ____

    I saw the PA at my doctors office and he told me it could take up to 4 months to heal. He did not give me much instruction, other than let the pain be your guide and wear an aircast. He said I was allowed to put weight on it, but I cannot walk without a severe limp, which my primary doctor told me to avoid. I am just confused as to whether I should be forcing myself to walk on it (to prevent tightening of the ankle). I cannot do heal to toe walking as my ankle just doesn't have the umph to lift my weight so if I walk I have to use my leg as if it is a wooden leg and just lean on it until I can get my good foot back into position to take the next step.

    Does anyone have any resources or suggestions on a recovery plan on how to help the ligament heal itself while not letting the ankle get to stiff!
    I am afraid to spend 4 months waiting for it to heal and then having to get surgery anyways, especially if I may be preventing it from healing due to improper care.

    • ANSWER:
      physical therapy will help you the most.

  10. QUESTION:
    Will my ankle still be flexible after a torn ligament injury?
    So, I do ballet and I tore my ankle ligament. My question is, will I still be able to pointe my feet just as well as before once my injury heals? I'm really worried that I won't be able to go on pointe for a long time. Basically, I worry that my ankle won't be as flexible as it was before. Or are there exercises I can do to keep my ankle flexibility? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      You have to make sure that you don't try to exercise too much too soon as this will not allow the ankle time to heal properly. In the meantime, ensure that you elevate your ankle whilst you are sitting, use ice to help with swelling and consider anti-inflammatory drugs.
      Sit in a chair with a football under your affected foot and gently roll the ball around, this will help with flexibility.
      You may need to wear a support initially.

      Good luck.

  11. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for either a dislocation, break, torn ligament or tendon, in the ankle to heal?
    My friend fell of a bounce house and either one of these things happened. In a week we're supposed to go to a theme park will he be able to manage?
    BTW he's 14 and plays baseball so he's really fit.. in case that matters with healing time.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I'm sure his broken ankle will be just fine in a week.

  12. QUESTION:
    can torn lateral ankle ligaments heal on there own?
    two days ago i was jumping and all of a sudden i stepped on my boot and strained my ankle hardcore that it snapped two times. it got swollen right away and i rubbed it so it wont get worser. The next day i went to work it wasnt that painful. But i still dont know if i torn it. And was wandering if i possibly torn it will it heal on its own.

    • ANSWER:
      You didn't tear it. You wouldn't be able to walk without feeling immense pain.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to heal torn ankle ligaments?
    I fell over on Friday and hurt my ankle, it was painfull and swollen, although I could still bear weight on it. Went to A and E and was told I have done something to ligament. Saturday morning woke up in agony, couldnt put any weight on it at all and was in tears, took ibuprofen and rested it for most the day. Sunday could put a little weight on it although supporting most my weight on cruthes. Sunday evening swelling even worse, now foot swollen, am panicking have I done more damage by standing on it. When should i put some weight on it, and when should I try to do some mobility exercises? How long will it be until I can walk unadided and without have a very strange limping walk?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to an orthopeadic. You may need surgery. At least; you need to see a physical therapist. If you go to PT and heal properly, it could be as little as 4 weeks before you're back to normal. May take 12 weeks tho to get you walking normal.

  14. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a torn ligament to heal?
    My ankle ligament or whatever it is called was torn yesterday. I really need to know how long it takes to heal because I'm going to Mexico in two weeks. I'm guessing it will take a few weeks to heal because it's my first major injury and 16 years old. Also how often and how long should I leave ice on my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      ok, need more specs;; did it tear completely??;; did you have surgery??;; is the doc wanting you to have it heal on it's own??;; were you even diagnosed??;; are you casted??;; tissues actually take 6wks to heal if everything is in play, but that may be 6 wks from injury, 6 wks from surgery;; hard to tell with such limited info;; & just cuz the tissue heals in 6 wks does not mean you are ready to go @ that time;; all depends on the segment & what it does (how it functions) & if you've been compliant to the doc's orders regarding healing this "ligament";; it also takes time for this tissue to accept the activity you introduce it;; a lot of self-monitoring once you know what you're to do with it;; hope you're talking to the doc...good luck, but 2 wks won't do ya...
      whoops. forgot;; ya leave the COLD PACK (blue gel inside a plastic "envelope" you can get @ a drugstore for ,, goes into the freezer but stays flexible so you can mold it to your ankle,, feels better too) on for 15-20 minutes, wrapped with one layer of towelling;; & ya use it whenever you agitate (or do something "new" to the ankle;; "new" like anything haven't done since the injury)...

  15. QUESTION:
    Do I have to get a surgery if my ankle ligament is partially torn?
    I got hurt at the field when I was playing football two days ago. I twisted my ankle when I tried to block a fast moving ball with my weaker foot. So yea, ouch. I had an X-ray and MRI scan done right after that. It says that my left ankle ligament is partially torn. So do I really need surgery? Or can it be healed by just wearing an ankle braces?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how good a player you are.

  16. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for a torn ligament in my ankle to heal after surgery?
    I had surgery last Monday to have two Syndesmonic screws put in my ankle to keep bones together to help the ligament heal. Their was no break in the bone but it still hurts like h@LLC 7 days later. Dr said I can walk on it with a boot 2 wks after surgery but I seriously question that now. I am 41 yrs old male in pretty good shape and I need to get ready for an Ironman Triathlon in July and would love some advice from people who have gone through this. I get rhw screws out in 7 weeks and replaced by high tension cord.... what should I realistically expect for recovery time

    Thanks
    Red

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  17. QUESTION:
    Are there any over the counter drugs that will help my torn anterior talofibular ligament in my ankle heal?
    Is there anything i can get at like rite aid or something to make the swelling go down and have it heal faster. i have football in 15 days :( please help

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, and it does it taking the pain and swelling away. Go to Kroger or Walgreen and buy some Naproxin and it will take the pain and swelling away. Be warned it's tough on the stomach.

  18. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament torn? etc.?
    I sprained my ankle @ ten this morning its now three forty five now when it happened my foot went in a hole and turned sole of foot in and ankle out I heard a loud pop to. I just sat there for like five minutes like ouch this really hurts now a yr previous I had a patella dislocasion and the pain of my ankle was about 3/5 of my knee. I came to the conclusion that I had a sprained ankle and prob a torn ligament from the pop. I sat on the ground for five mins and got up painfully limping and looked at it around forty five mins later. It was swollen and had red spots reaching from my toes to my ankle. The thing is I more sprained the middle of my foot but anyways we don't have insurance and I'm wondering if I need to go to the docter cause if its just partially torn it can probably heal with R.I.C.E but if its completely torn ill prob need surgery. Is there a way I can tell if its completely torn or not thx:)
    It also hurts ALOT like scale 1 to 10 its like 7.5 :(
    Its getting more and more swollen to its turning a shade of Blake and purple to.

    .
    Its hurts when I flex my muscles even slightly
    It hurts...OUCH...* whimper*...

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor!

  19. QUESTION:
    can torn ankle ligaments heal or be treated? where you have a problem where its easy to keep twisting your?
    ankle

    • ANSWER:
      i had a torn ankle ligament and i was in plaster for a couple of weeks while it healed itself, after you are healed you should do some exercises in increase in the strenght in your ankle as the lack of movement will weaken it, exercising will also stop you from twisting your ankle or even tearing your ligaments again. You can either do this through physiotherapy or on your own.

  20. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle and sprained/torn ligament hasn't healed and only is getting worse! PLEASE READ AND HELP!!?
    On october 4, I was playing soccer and landed on the outside of my ankle while running. Long story short, I was put into a cast and crutches. I started having pain that was only getting worse while in the cast. I went back to the doctor and she said that the swelling really went down and made the cast big and I was moving it. So, the cast came off and I only had it on for 2 weeks. She put me in an AirCast because I was still swelled up...just a little. But the pain went away.vSo I have been in the aircast for 2 weeks and have one more week in it. I CAN NOT put any pressure on it and can not move it. The doctor told me it was from the ligament not the bone. However, she said I should be able to walk on it. I am having more pain AGAIN and am using the RICE method and still using crutches. I go back next week to see if I need an MRI. She said that if i go back and still cant walk, I will need a MRI (to see how bad the ligament is) and automatically on crutches for 3 more weeks. I was put on calcium supplements.
    MY QUESTION IS: Why am I still in pain? Why am I not healing and getting better? Why is the healing process taking so long?
    I am a female(if that matters) and I am so frustrated and looking for some help! PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME! Thanks soo much...
    Oh and just one thing to note: the doc said that each step I take could actually tear the ligament more. She said to wait until it is completely healed

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  21. QUESTION:
    torn ligament in ankle? PLEASE ANSWER!?
    10 weeks ago i rolled/twisted my ankle really bad and heard a snap, it swelled up almost immediately and was very painful to walk on, i rested and iced it that night but couldn't sleep at all that night because the pain was severe no matter what direction i had it in. the next day i went to walk in care and they took xrays confirming it wasn't broken and told me it was a pretty significant sprain by the looks of the swelling and bruising. they gave me an air cast and told me to rest and ice it and it would be fine, and they told me to practice balancing on it to strenghten it. I wore the aircast for two weeks and a brace after that. It has been ten weeks since and it still has minor swelling (swelling never went away completely) and has pain when i move it from side to side and other various positions but usually doesn't hurt to bad to walk and my ankle pops and cracks all the time.

    could i have torn the ligament? i was advised to get an mri. if the ligament is torn and is not healing well, will i need surgery? has anyone had this experience??

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  22. QUESTION:
    any advice on what i should take to help a torn ligament heal properly?
    I tore the ligament in my right ankle n I need to play in 2 weeks. I tore it about 3 weeks ago so im wonderin wat I should do to help the situation.

    • ANSWER:
      Glucosamine Sulfate -- it's over the counter.
      Ask the pharmacist for the varieties available.

      Two weeks is short notice for it to work, but what the heck, you can try.

      You can also ask your doctor for a topical NSAID -- requires prescription. That won't rebuild ligament but will reduce swelling, pain, etc.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is the time it took to heal a torn ligament normal?
    Well on friday when i was outside running, my ankles ligaments tore/sprained my ankle, and went to the doctor, and the doctor said that it was going to take at least 4 weeks to heal, and today in the morning, i didnt felt any pain while walking, even running and kicking, so i went to the doctor with my dad to check on my ankle, and the doctor said that it had completely healed in only 2 days.
    is this normal? has this or something similar happened to anyone
    it was checked twice before today and my ankle was swollen and a lot, like my ankle was 2 inches thicker than normal

    • ANSWER:
      Not it the least, I would tend to bet that it was a misdiagnosis

  24. QUESTION:
    Can I use an ankle support boot for a torn ligament?
    I don't have health insurance that covers non-emergency visits.
    Yesterday at the hospital when I heard a loud pop after falling down they informed me I tore a a few ligaments in my ankle, however, to get a more detailed description, I would have to go to a few non-emergency doctors to figure it out in detals.. however, I rather pay rent than figure out the details. I know the facts, how ligaments take longer to heal, and need support and proper rehabilitation. Got it. I want this ankle to heal well and not rush things, however, I have to go up a few flights of stairs to get to my apartment and walk all over campus (and the great beyond) and want to have it supported when doing all that. I am just a klutz with crutches as I am with two good ankles.
    I have an air splint and it currently wrapped in an compression wrap. I was curious if I could use my sisters support boot from when she broke her ankle. If this would provide ample support for my torn ligaments?

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  25. QUESTION:
    Heal ankle ligament faster?
    My friend tore a ligament in his ankle this morning in gym class. I was wondering if there is anything I could get him to help speed up the healing perhaps.

    • ANSWER:
      If he tore a ligament, he ought to see a doctor.

      In general rest and ice can help. Then your friend should ask his doctor about strengthening exercises to do to re-strengthen his ankle.

  26. QUESTION:
    What kind of exercise can I do with torn ankle ligaments?
    I have been diagnosed with 5 or more torn ankle/foot ligaments that will take well into next year before I can strengthen and heal them. I was thinking about working out in the pool so I don't stop with my exercising, but I don't know if that would be too intense or not. Does anyone have any kind of suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Torn ligaments are not to be taken lightly. Movement is important to prevent scar tissue, but moving the ankle before it is time can lead to more injury. You should be talking to your orthopedic physician about this and possibly ask for referral to physical therapy. You may want to look for a therapist that provides aquatic rehab. Along with providing therapy in water, they would be best to prescribe a home program that you could do.

      good luck!

  27. QUESTION:
    Do you have to have surgery If you have a torn ligament in your ankle?
    I severly spained my ankle a month ago and it wasn't healing it was getting worse, so my dr. ordered a MRI, I got the results today and found out I have 2-4 tears!!!! I am freakin' out and I need to know what they do for that!!!!!! What makes it even worse is I just got a new job and I am already having to take a leave from work. :(

    • ANSWER:
      your doctor will decide if you need surgery but it sounds likely that you will your job should understand if they dont then they're probably not that great to work for anyway besides they cant fire you for medical leave

  28. QUESTION:
    I cannot do ankle rehabilitation exercises?
    I am trying to do ankle rehabilitation exercises after the torn lateral ligament in my ankle healed, but every time I try to twist my foot inwards I hear and feel the supposedly healed ligament pop and it feels like it had "adjusted" its position rather that regained flexibility, then the twisting process becomes easier but I do not feel like I am doing the ligament itself any good. Also, when hearing the popping sound I normally stop the exercise in order not to damage my ligament. what do I do?

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  29. QUESTION:
    Torn ligament or tendon in ankle?
    About 2 months ago, I decided to try snowboarding. On my first run, I really biffed it hard, but I thought that I only sprained an ankle or something minor. It swelled to like twice the size and was bruised for over a week. Since then, the pain has gotten worse and has spread further around my ankle and is into the bottom of my heal, around the ankle and above the ankle. I cannot put very much pressure on my one ankle, but I can if I use my toes instead. If I place the two of my feet together and slowly lower my ankles to the ground, I can do it with no problem with the other ankle, but not with the injured one. Whenever I am on my feet for more than a little while (which is all the time), my ankle gets stiff and sore. What is the problem? I'm not an expert, but I would guess it is something like a partially torn or bruised ligament or tendon (Achilles?). What can I do about the pain and healing process? Do I need to see a doctor? Thanks lots.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have a bad sprain or strain. You could even have a fracture, but you would need x-rays to be sure. Go see a docotor to find out what is wrong.

  30. QUESTION:
    Are the torn ligaments in my ankle ever going to heal?
    I am 14 years old and im in a lot of sports. Im in cross-country, rowing, soccer, softball, but my favorite sports are basket-ball and figure skating. That's why it is so important i can figure out a way for my ankle to stop paining, because i couldn't imagine my self not skating!

    See i tore ligaments in my ankle in April, in gym class playing basket-ball, some one ran into me making my left ankle roll outward (to the left) and i fell to the opposite direction (to the right). I went to the doctors here in my small town, and he said i tore a lot of ligaments, but i might be able to start playing sports within a week or two. Clearly he was wrong, because i couldn't touch the floor with my ankle for two weeks, then the third week even though i knew i should walk on it, and it might do more damage i was determined to walk on it. By the end of May i already went to the doctors two other times seeing what they could do with it, but they were no help. By June i was still wearing a bandage on my ankle every day cause it hurt extremely when i never wore it. In June i joined a basket-ball team where we run 4k five times a week, and have practice for a hour and a half every day. Before i joined the team the doctor told me to take a week off of relaxing and my ankle should get better. Well my ankle didn't get better but i kept playing basket-ball and all my other sports anyway. But my ankle still pains so much, and i can't even turn my ankle outward because then bruises come on my ankle.

    Are my torn ligaments even healed? What can i do to make it stop paining? Do you think i'll be able to figure skate on it by The end of October?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like more than torn ligaments, but an MRI could prove it. If the doc did not order an MRI, please go and ask for one.

      Secondly, and more importantly, GET TO A BOWEN therapist immediately. if you do not know what a Bowen therapist can do, google BOWEN therapy. There are websites and someone can direct you to a therapist to take away the pain. and to speed up the recovery.

  31. QUESTION:
    Hi does anyone know how long it takes for a broken ankle and torn ligaments to heal?
    I broke my ankle and tore my ligaments a month ago ( i fell on icy path)
    My friend phoned for an ambulance straight away as my foot swelled up so bad, At A and E i had xrays and they told me my injuries and put a back cast on and told to come back nxt day (it happened on a sunday) The following day i went back and doctor told me i needed an operation (which i refused, ive broken bones before and they healed without pins)
    They then said i would have to have a walker boot on and keep it on for 6 wks.....Then i would need physio :-(
    I'm due to go back for my 4th xray nxt wk and hoping they will take the boot off ( thou ive been told this will be unlikely by friends )
    A friend of a friend tore just her ligaments and is still of work and into her 3rd month :-(
    Being a single parent and not being able to work i'm already going out my mind after just one month!
    ( sick pay is only half my wage and its starting to become a struggle :-(
    So can any one please give me advice as to how long i may be off work for due to my injury

    • ANSWER:
      It takes a minimum of 6 weeks to heal a broken bone and ligaments can take even longer. If the Dr. recommended surgery, you should have had it. Sometimes ligaments need to be repaired surgically if it is torn bad enough. Not all broken bones can heal without pins. You may be looking at a longer recovery now. Sometimes the bones don't align properly and then they don't heal right and you could need surgery to break the bone and reset it.

  32. QUESTION:
    Hi, I have been diognosed with a sprained ankle ans torn ligaments in ankle after a car accident, along with a
    broken collarbone and brusies. does anyone know how long before ligaments heal? also i had alot of bruising to my arms and legs, after the brusing went down, there seems to be quite a few lumps on my arm which are painful to touch they are under the skin, any ideas?? I can move the arm so i know its not broken.

    • ANSWER:
      research it here this is the site my brother used when going through med school

      http://www.webmd.com/

  33. QUESTION:
    Torn ligament in ankle.?
    According to my MRI, I have 1 ligament completely torn (anterior tibiofibular ligament) and partial tear of the posterior tibiofibular ligament and tibialis anterior tendons in my ankle.

    It's been months since I've injured it and the doctor said if it was going to heal on its own it would have healed by now. He suggested that i have surgery.but I have had no problems out of my ankle, i can walk and run on it and it doesn't hurt at all. So would it hurt me if i continue playing sports with it and just wear an ankle brace?
    Also, the main issue I'm worried about is recovery time. How long would it take to recover from this surgery so i would be able to play sports?

    • ANSWER:
      I know a kid who tore a ligament in his ankle. He did not get surgery and like the previous answer, whenever he walks his ankle bends to the side and repeatedly gets sprained. If I were in your position I would get the surgery let it heal properly. Happy I could help.

  34. QUESTION:
    Can I walk with a torn ligament in my ankle? a break? a sprain?
    Today I went to the emergency because I injured my ankle, and they didn't quite know what was wrong. They said they'd call me tomorrow when they found out, but I don't think they will ...
    So they said it could be broken, they'll have to study the x-rays more, and the doctor on his own said he thought it was a torn ligament, or a sprain.
    I couldn't walk or put pressure on it all day, and they just gave me a tenser bandage for now and suggested crutches (which i didnt get cuz ill just sit here all day anyway until tomorrow).
    So I couldnt walk I was hopping to the washroom and kitchen, but I tired putting weight balanced right on my heel and knee, so there was little pressure on my ankle, and I could limp-walk with little pain.
    What could it be? Would I be able to walk if it were broken or sprained or torn?
    I'll tell you though, an hour ago I was swearing and groaning just pointing my toes to the ground, but i elevated it, had a lot of tylenol and put ice on it, so could the walking just be a matter of pain killers, or is it healing, or is it just the percise balance I had walking on it?

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  35. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for completely torn ligaments to heal?
    I completely tore the front most ligament in my ankle and partially tore the middle and back most as a result of a gymnastics accident. How long should i stay on crutches approximately and about how long until they are healed. I know everyone is different. I am only looking for and approximation.

    • ANSWER:
      i would think surgery would be used.

  36. QUESTION:
    torn ligament in ankle?
    so heres the story...[: 2 years ago (in 7th grade) I played soccer all the time (this would have been my 12th year...]:, 10 years at the time) I guess just wear and tear happened in my ankle and I tore all the ligaments in both ankles at once (so the doctors say). (hurt like crazy.) I went to the doctor and they suggested an air cast, but they didn't supply them and my parents couldn't find any around our area, and at the time I wasn't in THAT much pain, so I was like "whatever" and finished the soccer season and went along with my life. I was told that they would heal quickly so it really wasn't that bad of a deal since the tears weren't bad. But now, 2 years later, they hurt. My parents are thinking that they didn't heal correctly since I went against them and didn't stop soccer until the end of the season (but after that I quit. havent played in 2 years other than like gym stuff) In gym class when running and stuff, they snap and crack (and sometimes grind.... :/) and hurt a lot when they do. Like I can't wear flip flops since they make my ankles hurt so majorly!! (and i LOVE flip flops!!!!!!) last night while I was alseep, they started hurting again so badly that I held it all night (and then I had a DREAM about how bad it hurt!!! :D WHAT!?!:P)

    anyways, if I went to the doctor like this week, could they be re-healed? If I asked (ever so nicely:D) would the doctor put one ankle in a cast (then come back later to do the other, you know? like 6 weeks on one, then come back and do the other for 6 weeks or whatever?) because I feel like it would help? or a boot or something? I have gym class EVERYDAY (ugh.) and all we do is physical activity that is intense. I walk around a lot every day and my ankles are taking the bunt of it.
    What do you think the doctor would suggest? Could they possibly be fixed so I don't have to go through this forever?!

    thank you! (and happy valentines day!!!!!)

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  37. QUESTION:
    I had torn ankle ligaments that have apprently healed?
    Apprently it's been by far enough time for my ligaments to have healed and I've gone into physio to rebuild the muscles around the area. But I'm still in the same amount of pain as I was a few weeks after the injury and it's been 4 months now. I've gone over on the ankle twice since entering physio- why is this?
    And how can I mak the damn thing heal? I've been out of sports for so long and the longer I'm out the longer it will take to get back upto standard!
    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I tore a ligament in my ankle playing rugby almost two years ago. It suuuucked. If you're in the same amount of pain then you should visit a different doc ASAP bc it could be a bigger fracture than just a torn ligament. It could also be that you are working it too much and not giving it time to heal without the pressure of working it. As for sports... I was able to return to rugby the following season but my ankle was never the same.

      To this day, I can't wear heels that are too high and if i point my foot too far...i can still feel a sharp pain up my ankle. It is such a crappy thing to injure because it never fully heals especially since we are on our feet so much!

  38. QUESTION:
    Torn Ligaments in ankle! How can I help it heal?
    I have torn medial ligaments in my ankle playing rugby Saturday before last. What is the best way to help it heal and progress rehabilitation now that the swelling has gone down??

    • ANSWER:
      Take it easy, do light exercise. try not to put too much pressure on your ankle you will only do youself more harm. when exercising perhaps put on your support bandage (tube grip) for extra support. get well soon!

  39. QUESTION:
    How long until I can play rugby again, after a broken ankle and torn ligaments?
    Hi guys, I suffered a broken ankle during a rugby game. It was one of those horror injuries where my ankle was bent in the opposite direction. I've been in a cast and on crutches for just over a month now, and will have my knee cast taken off and start physio next week. I thought I might add, I am a student and obviously that affects the time in which it heals.

    • ANSWER:
      The only person who could possibly give you a meaningful answer to this question is a physician who has actually examined the injury and observed the rate at which you are recovering.

  40. QUESTION:
    torn ligament in my ankle?
    i have torn a ligament in my ankle and to be honest the doctors at the hospital were not much help!!!
    they said it can take up to 2 months to heal...does anyone have any good recovery idea or good websites i could use? and any good idea to help with the pain!! ive taken paracetamol.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there isn't really much that can be done to speed the recovery of a torn ligament.

      Ligaments are lengths of tough fibrous material that join bone to bone and add stability to a joint. They also have a very poor blood supply which is why they take so long to repair when injured.

      You don't mention how old the injury is but if the injury has happened in the last 24 hours then the Rest, Ice Pack for 10 minutes every 2 to 3 hours,Compression Bandage to assist with stability and Elevation of the affected foot whenever possible method is the appropriate first aid.

      For on going treatment, rest whenever possible, use a compression bandage for stability, massage the area to assist blood flow and let nature take its course.

      Avoid doing any activities which put pressure on the joint (eg; sports) until completely healed as this can tear the ligament again and result in a longer time required for the healing process.

  41. QUESTION:
    How long until I can start playing rugby again after a broken ankle and torn ligaments?
    Hi guys, I suffered a broken ankle during a rugby game. It was one of those horror injuries where my ankle was bent in the opposite direction. I've been in a cast and on crutches for just over a month now, and will have my knee cast taken off and start physio next week. I thought I might add, I am a student and obviously that affects the time in which it heals.

    • ANSWER:
      I did something similar. It was three years before the limp completely went away, though I was good for running and similar after five or six months.

      It is really important not to re-tear the ligaments. Each time you do, it becomes more difficult and painful for them to heal. Do not mess around with it. Don't do anything like rugby until you have healed well and can stretch for 15+ minutes without discomfort.

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there a surgery for reparing ligaments torn in your ankle?
    This year in football season i got cut wrong and i got a spiral break in my fibula and i broke off a piece of my heel and it tore all of the ligaments in my ankle. The ligaments that allow you to bend your ankle up are were i have major tears... there is a possibility that my ankle will not go past that point and never fully heal... I was wondering if there was a surgery to correct that?

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  43. QUESTION:
    I have a collateral ligament injury.May be the ligaments are torn.Is instability permanent???Healing time?
    It was a collateral ligament injury on my left ankle.I had done a x-ray.Doctor said it was a micro ligament tear n gave me half plaster on my leg.I kept the plaster for 3 days n opened it and tied a crab bandage.There is swelling and little pain.How long will take to heal.Will I be lame for my life?????

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry it is not permanent. I have suffered ligament injury on knee and know others who have and all have healed.

      Regards,
      Nilendu Bhattacharya
      http://www.headfirstyoga.com

  44. QUESTION:
    Torn ligament in right ankle?
    I tore a couple of ligaments in my right ankle on June 26. A couple of years ago, I tore ligaments on my right knee and I couldn't play basketball for 6 months and when I came back, it still hurt. How long before this one is healed? I was thinking about skipping the upcoming high school season to let it heal but I'm abut to be a senior and I planned on having some colleges coming to watch me.

    • ANSWER:
      it usually takes about the same time. i tore my knee almost 4 years ago and still have pain in sports but partially bc i did some more damage last year. i personally would not skip the whole year if it was me but that is not always what is best. if the injury is severe and you know you can play in college talk to the coaches.
      good luck in whatever you decide.

  45. QUESTION:
    I've got a torn ligament dat's healed but nw my ankle will lock after exercise what's going on n wad do I do..?

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you see a orthopedic medical specialist for your condition and have them perform a diagnostic test. That way, you can find out the nature & extent of the problem and a treatment plan can be formed.

      Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    Help Please !! Torn ligaments healing time ?
    Okay, I had an accident on my horse, she tripped over while i was riding and fell on my leg, I wasn't wearing any shoes and i really hurt my foot. ( i have previously damaged the 5th metatarsel and pulled the ligaments 3 times on the same foot ). I went to A&E the next morning and they told me i had torn the ligament ontop of my foot and my ankle and i had to rest for 2 weeks and see how it is ( so this means it should be healed???) I was supposed to be going away to work on a yard for a weeks trial to get a job the week after i did it so i put it off 2 weeks. It has been 1 and a half weeks now and the pain has spread and is not really any better, pain has spread to my whole foot and my lower leg is aching. Im supposed to be going away next week for my trial:/.
    How long will this take to heal because it doesnt seem to be going anywhere (i can walk on it but it is very painful)
    What should i do about it ?
    should i go next week even though it will make it alot worse ?:/
    :)
    I have crutches and I was sent away with no appointments :/
    Is this right ?

    • ANSWER:
      Ligaments often take longer to heal than fractured bones do. You will want to follow your doctors advise and stay off of the foot. Keep your follow up appointments. Take it seriously. Ignoring it can cause the ligaments to heal incorrectly. If you are trying to walk with pain you may need crutches. You may want to call your doctor if you are not sure what to do. It doesn't sound like a do it at home problem.

  47. QUESTION:
    torn ankle ligaments and track!?
    i just torn some of my ligaments in my ankle how long will it take to heal when will i be able to run agin cuss i really wanted to try out for track im fast and i have good endurance well use to! eh should i just give up that hope or wait till next year are there any after healing pain ? how long is it gonna take ??? i rolled it real bad and tore some of em
    i felt like a dumb@ss to when i did it cus there was a group of people walking beide me and i just crashed :/

    • ANSWER:
      I hate to be the bearer of bad news but sprained ankles can take a long time to heal. The first time I sprained my ankle, I did it playing basketball, landed on someone's foot on a rebound. It swelled up huge. I did it May 10th and I wasn't able to play basketball again(like back to 95%) until September. And that was with rehab.

      Be patient with it. Ice it. Get that swelling down. Once the swelling goes down, start to stretch it. Then start to do ankle exercises to strengthen it. But no sports until it's strong again. Because you can re-sprain it real easy.

  48. QUESTION:
    Torn Ligament in my ankle?
    On 25th Jan, this year I fell down about 7 stairs and tore a ligament in my ankle. I have one crutch but am told not to use it unless I have to get to places fast because walking (limping) on my foot will actually make it better as long as I don't do it too much. It was two days ago and unbelievably painful then but now it's not that bad. I can just about walk on it properly and I can limp without the crutch which is very good.

    My question is: It's supposed to take 2 months to heal but is already feeling better. Is it safe to walk and do squash and riding on it before those two months are up? Because I'm in the top 5 for squash in my school (I'm 16) and I really need to be back there asap. And if you are a doctor or have experience with this, can you explain medically why it feels better before it actually is.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Flora. I would suggest that for the moment you put squash on the back burner. It is a violent sport on the ankles with very rapid shifts in direction and a lot of torque being placed on the ankle's ligamental structures. I am going to give you 2 movements that should help to speed up your recovery but don't attempt to try squash until you have been cleared by your doctor. Sit in a chair with both feet flat on the floor. Bend over so that you can place your fingers on the tips of the feet. Starting with the non-injured foot first in both of these exercises. Keep the heel in constant contact with the floor and raise the front of the foot as high as you can. While doing this have your hand very gently push against the front of the foot. The amount of resistance is slight. So raise the front of your non-injured foot as high as possible and then return it to the floor. Do this 10 times and then rest 1 minute. Repeat this exact cycle twice more and after resting for 1 minute do the injured foot. This foot does not need resistance on the 1st cycle but just see how it does without any. If there is no pain you may add just a hair of resistance on the 2nd set. Rest 1 minute and then if there is no pain on the 3rd set add just a slight bit more resistance. Rest for 1 minute and now do this movement starting with the non-injured foot. The foot is flat on the floor and the motion is to roll the outside edge of the foot up as high as you can and hold it for a second or two before returning to the floor. The hand is placed along the outside of the foot closer to the front than the middle. The resistance on the 1st set is light. Do this 10 times and then rest for 1 minute. The next set of 10 is done with a moderate pressure and then the rest period. The last set of 10 is done with as hard a pressure as possible. After the rest period do the same movement on the injured foot. The 1st set is done with no pressure. The second is done with a very light pressure. The last set is done with light pressure. The amount of pressure that gets added is dependent upon the state of the ankle. If it is not negatively responding a little more can be added. You may find that these movements allow you to walk around without pain but that doesn't mean that you are ready for squash. Do the movements at least twice a day and more if possible.

  49. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament reconstruction?
    In November, I partially tore a ligament in my ankle playing volleyball. It has healed, however the ligament is stretched out, instable, and I have had 3 grade II sprains since then. I was recomended to get surgery to tighten up the damaged ligament. What does this surgery ential? How long is the recovery? What does it do?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not exactly sure what they'll do but since it's stretched out, they may cut part of the ligament out and sew the two pieces back together. Recovery will take a very long time and you will not be playing volleyball for a very long time.

      I don't know if you're in high school or college. If you're in high school, decide whether you want to play volleyball in college. If you do, I would not get the surgery done until afterwards. If you're already in college, it's your choice. You can continue your volleyball career or call it quits. If you choose to get the surgery, you'll probably want to let go of volleyball.

      If you choose to wait on the surgery, get a good brace. Wear socks underneath it and make sure you wear it on a regular basis, especially if you continue playing volleyball. Your ankle needs the support.

      But you know, anything can happen. If you get the surgery and work hard with rehab and recovery, maybe you can play again. Recovery is 1% physical and 99% psychological. If you really want to play again, you'll make it so you can keep playing.

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament damage?
    I tore my ankle ligaments about 7 months ago mucking around playing rounders. I literally heard them tear. My ankle never healed properly. It was an inversion injury so the outside of my ankle was damaged. It is still swollen and cant deal with long distance running on it. I can hardly survive a soccer match without pain. I had physiotherapy sessions initially but never did any strength work. So I presume my ankle is weak. I was playing football on it last week and as I was rolling my foot over the ball the ligaments on the inside of my ankle stretched. I heard them and felt them go. There was a bit of bruising and swelling but nothing big. Could the original injury have weakened my whole ankle? And should I get my dad to book me physiotherapy?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes go back to PT. Grade III sprains (with torn ligaments) compromises the stability of the ankle joint. Not only does that joint have to support you while to stand and walk but your putting excess demand on a weakened structure by playing soccer and running on it.

      PT initially will not do strengthening because its not appropriate at the time. But go back to them and they'll help you get back to full activity with strengthening, balance, and agility/sport specific drills.