Grade 3 Ankle Sprain Recovery Time

Ankle sprains are the most widely occurring injuries everyone seems to suffer from, each year. We are going to now tell you about natural remedies and home treatments to help your healing process and ease your discomfort.

A sport injury could cause your ankle sprain or just something as simply walking on uneven surfaces. A sprain is caused when your foot is forced, by your body weight, to twist unnaturally inward or outward. Your ankle is a relatively delicate joint; it does not take much to sprain it. What happens is that the abnormal twisting pressure causes a tearing of the outer ligaments whose job it is, is to support your ankle joint. Either way, you will experience an all too familiar pain and soon afterwards a lot swelling and inflammation.

Doctors have three categories for measuring your ankle pain.

First degree pain is when there is a mild stretching or minor tearing of lateral ankle ligaments. You have little or no joint stability. There will be some mild pain associated with this degree of injury along with mild swelling around the bone on the outside of the ankle. Often you experience some joint stiffness and difficulty walking or running.

Second degree pain is commonly associated with a moderate tearing of the ligament. There is a greater sense of instability from your ankle joint, along with more difficulty walking or running, noticeable more so than from a first degree sprain. There will be more prominent swelling and stiffness within a larger ankle joint area.

Third degree pain is associated with a total rupture of ligament tissue making your ankle joint totally unstable. Any pressure from your foot will cause very severe pain yet once you take that foot pressure off, often you will feel little or no pain at all. The affected areas will swell up very badly, often double or triple your normal ankle size.

What to do during your First Two Days following an Ankle Sprain

Keep your leg straight in front of you, resting on a sofa or a chair, so that there is no pressure on your ankle at all. Put an ice pack or ice cubes in a plastic bag (wrapped in a clean dish towel) gently onto your resting and raised ankle.

After 20 minutes, take that ice pack off. To reduce your ankle swelling yet give it needed support, apply an elastic bandage. Keep your ankle positioned at a 90-degree angle to the foot using pads of soft cloth to support it on all sides. Try using a folded pillow case beneath the bandage. Test that it is comfortable and supportive yet not too tight by placing two fingers under the bandage without pain or pressure needed. If your toes feel numb or look blue, loosen the bandage to assure proper blood flow.

After 40 minutes replace the ice pack over the bandage, leaving it there for about 20 minutes again. Continue with the ice pack for periods of 20 minutes each hour, on and off, until bedtime. It is a good idea to remove the bandages before retiring to bed. While sleeping and during the following days, keep your ankle raised above the level of your heart for 3 hours period, that will help to decrease any more ankle swelling. While lying flat in bed put pillows beneath your calf such that your knee is slightly bent while also keeping your lower leg slightly raised and level.

Visit your local heath shop and buy some homeopathic remedies. The best choices for a sprained ankle are Arnica 30C, and Ruta Grav 30C. Use these supplements every four hours. These will help stop the pain and moderate ankle swelling and aid healing of any bruises. Brew some Chamomile tea as that also helps reduce ankle pain. Drink the tea 30 minutes before or after using your homeopathic remedies.

What to do for the Second Day of an Ankle Sprain.

Fill two large basins or buckets with water. One should be very cold and the other one hot. Put 4 drops of Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil into the hot water. Stir the oil into the hot water and gently put your sprained ankle into it for about 30 seconds and then immediately move your ankle into the cold water for 30 seconds. Do this procedure for 5 minutes periods twice a day for the next two days. After each water therapy session dip your ankle into the a cold water basin. Remember to dry your sprained ankle after these water therapies and then apply some Aloe Vera gel and Joint Medic cream over it, before re-bandaging. To keep your leg and ankle healthy and help it to regain its strength, try to walk with the assistance of a cane or crutches.

One Week after the Ankle Sprain

Rotate and flex the foot gently for a few minutes as often as you can during the day. By now you should be able to walk without crutches. It would be advisable to use an ankle guard or ankle brace, since total healing still has not happened. If your ankle is still painful or you are unable to walk, see your doctor. The condition may be too serious for home remedy yourself.

Patience and fortitude will prevail. Normally it will take 4 to 6 weeks for a sprained ankle to heal completely. Look into specific rehabilitation exercises too, that will help speed recovery along.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Grade 3 ankle sprain 8 week recovery?
    I hurt my ankle awhile back during bball practice. I went up for layup and came down on someones foot. Twisted it funny, it hurt, I kept playing, and when I was running back down court, it went out from under me, and I could watch it slowly swell. So on yadi yadee yah. Went to the doctor the next day, said its grade 3, Should be on crutches for three weeks, and then some therapy. I went back ten days later, got no mobility in my ankle at all. Its still swollen. Doctor wasn't happy with the progress it made, He now wants an MRI done, and seems worried but just says its a bad sprain. Is there anything else he my be looking for but isn't telling me. He's guessing 8-12 weeks full recovery time.

    • ANSWER:
      well he most likely was looking for a tare of the ligaments or maybe a tendon. since he said the recovery is 8 to 10 weeks that good since there is nothing so badly torn it needs surgery. keep up with therapy when you can so you dont get loose ligaments.

  2. QUESTION:
    How important is physical therapy in the recovery from a sprained and strained ankle?
    I'm 35, healthy, not overweight, female, get good nutrition, have no other medical conditions. Got a grade 2 sprain and a grade 3 strain 2 weeks ago. Now able to walk without crutches or cane while wearing an athlete's brace. (Vinyl, steel reinforced, laces up, and you can wear it inside your shoe.)

    When I went in for physical therapy evaluation, I was given a piece of paper with 4 very simple, non-weight bearing exercizes I am to do with my injured foot/ankle. 10 reps, 3 times a day each. And I am not to do the exercizes to the point where they cause me pain, but it is okay to do them to the point of discomfort. ('Ankle pumps', 'draw the alphabet with your toe', etc.)

    I am doing these simple exercizes, and will continue. But how important is it to set up future appointments with physical therapist? She wants me to come in 3 times a week for the next three weeks. Will this really hasten my recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 38 years old, but at 27 I shattered my left ankle. I had to have pins and a plate put in. The surgeon told me he could tell me what types of exercises to do for therapy but if I didn't do them, he'd send me to therapy. I did them a lot and healed on my own.

      The most important thing I can share with you is HOW I shatterred my ankle. My ankles are both weak. They are both this way because I played basketball in school and sprained them just like you did, a lot. The problem was, I didn't take the time to let them heal properly so they got weak on me. Whatever you do to avoid going through what I have, make sure you take the time to let it heal properly and get strong again. Mine aren't. They give out all the time and sometimes I am on stairs and this particular time I wasn't holding the rail and one gave out and the other snapped over the step. It was a mess. The pain I went through the day I did it and right after surgery was a 12 on a scale of 10. I had a child and that experience was a 5 out of 10!!

      I would ask the therapist if the exercises are going to get more difficult, or if they are going to basically be the same. If the same, do them on your own at home, but please keep doing them. I found walking on hills (with the ankle bending forward) were the most theraputic. Best of luck to you. Hope this has helped some.

  3. QUESTION:
    What grade is my ankle sprain?
    The symptoms of my ankle sprain are not consistent with the ankle sprain grading system that i've been reading about. Doc never specified the severity of my sprain and gave me a cast.

    - My ankle had minor swelling but no bruising or discoloration.
    - The ligament that goes around and under the ankle is 'loose' and glides back and forth. Doc said that it is gliding because I tore the ligament that holds it in place.
    - Injury occurred 1 week ago and I have been in a walking cast for 5 days. The gliding ligament progressively got better and the gliding is basically non-existent. The ligament has only moved around once in the last 4 days and not at all in the last 3 days.

    The doc's statement of a torn ligament would suggest a grade 2 or 3 sprain but there are no other indications of a grade 3 sprain. I've always been able to walk on it even without the cast. What grade is my sprain and what should i expect as far as "Return to Sports" recovery time.

    I am a very active 27 year old male with no history of ankle sprains.

    • ANSWER:
      I think it's still in grade school.

  4. QUESTION:
    How long of a recovery time for a sprained ankle and seriousness of reaggravating this injury?
    10 days ago, I sprained my ankle rather severely. It was about the size of a softball, swollen on both sides, and hurt a little into my lower leg (it was somewhere between a Grade 2 and 3 sprain). I am a rather fast healer, and the swelling went down as did the pain, and I was able to walk normally 6 days after the injury. While testing it with a jog yesterday, I re-rolled it and it is now the size of a tennis ball, I walk with a limp again, and it hurts a little higher into my leg this time, along with pain in other spots on my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      You can walk & run on a broken ankle. I know I did it. If you have not had your ankle ex-rayed INSIST on it.

      Its not like a tight tendon that will hurt less & less each time you stretch it. Its a load bearing joint that is injured. Being able to run or walk on it doesn't mean you should. Some people have amazing tolerances to pain & can't tell when they are exacerbating an issue. Which you obviously are, otherwise you wouldn't have rolled it the second time.

      GET OFF THE ANKLE.

      If you didn't break it before you probably did this time & pain is not a scientific indicator of the stress capacity of your BONES. Its likely that a broken bone will cause pain, But that's not the only thing you should go by.

  5. QUESTION:
    Questions - Ankle Arthroscopy?
    I'm 19 and suffered an avulsion fracture in early 2007 that tore part of my medial malleolus (distal tibia) off and did significant ligament damage after an extreme eversion accident; this is on top of two previous grade 3 sprains on the lateral aspect of the same ankle in the 3 years preceding. I saw an orthopedic surgeon at the time and the course of management we went with was 6 weeks in a walking weight-bearing cast ('moon boot') with physiotherapy; I was warned it could be 6 months to a year before all the mobility and stability in that ankle was restored. Since then I have been patient with the ankle despite the fact it is often stiff and sometimes quite sore, and looks permanently swollen. However, about 4 weeks ago I started a new exercise program (about 3 hours of training a day, comprising a mixture of walking/jogging, step & aerobic classes, spin classes and cardio circuit work). The ankle held up well for about 2 weeks and then became gradually more and more painful; despite RICEing after every workout session the pain did not subside, but steadily got worse. I had a CT scan of the ankle done last week at my GP's office which showed non-union of the fracture, and several loose bone fragments in the joint; the scan also showed significant joint effusion. I am scheduled to see my orthopedic surgeon next week to discuss arthroscopy to remove the bone fragments and examine the ligaments, which my GP said was probably the only option to fix the ankle.

    I have some questions about the arthroscopy - can anyone whose had one (not just on the ankle but anywhere) tell me what their experience was like in terms of the actual procedure, recovery time, success of the operation, current state of the joint after surgery, etc?

    Cheers!!

    • ANSWER:
      usually good results with just a few weeks recovery

  6. QUESTION:
    I hurt myself badly?? (Please read, sorry it's long)?
    Hey everyone. I'd like to let you all know that I had a little bit of a mishap last Tuesday when I was off of school for a snow day... so, my friend was over, and we were outside. I slipped on some ice that was on the stairs, and ended up falling down them. I had fallen primarily on my right leg, but I had also put my left hand out to break my fall. Anyways, I broke my tibia and near my ankle, and just under my knee as well, and my hip is very sore and bruised. My wrist is a grade 2 sprain. So here's what happened after I fell. I was taken to the ER, I got x-rays of my entire leg, and my wrist. The breaks in my leg were displaced, but there was a lot of swelling so they reset my leg and put it in a splint that went up just past my knee (until last Saturday). My wrist was put in a splint as well. I was given a pair of crutches, and sent home. When I went back on Saturday they took measurements to make a custom fit walking boot for later on, they took more x-rays, and drugged me up so they could put pins in to hold the bones in place (they had already started to shift) I told them I wanted to avoid surgery at all costs, and that I also wanted to avoid any permanent metal rods, screws, plates, etc. seeing as I play a lot of sports, and am very active. So, they decided that pins were my best option. After the procedure, I got a cast put on that went past my knee, (a white one) and that was it. I was told that I'm in cast for 3 weeks, after which I get my pins removed. And then for the remaining 3-5 weeks of initial healing time, I'm in my boot, which they said will be custom made to go up past my knee, and have a horseshoe shape cut out at the front that will end below my kneecap. It seems really weird.. I was also told that I may have to wear my boot after the initial injury heals, but they also told me it's going to be really awkward to walk in because I have to keep my leg straight because of how it's formed.. Everything seems so weird and unusual to me right now.. But like any other injury I've had I am in a lot of pain... But I did return to school this past Tuesday, and I felt sort of embarrassed having my friends carry all of my stuff to my classes, and make sure I didn't fall going up and down the stairs on my crutches. How would you feel if this all of this had happened to you? Oh, and what meds might you reccomend for the pain? How long before I make a full recovery, given I go to physio after my cast/boot are both off and take care of myself during and after the healing process? Thanks so much guys, sorry this is long, but I thought I would explain the situation.

    • ANSWER:
      Shawna, sorry that all that has happened to you. An interesting selection you made when it came time for making a decision as to the method of stabilization. You are going to have to look at things a little differently. You are lucky that the orthopedist was able to accommodate your wishes. I am not sure if this would have been the fastest way to recovery but the choice has been made. Why be embarrassed about having friends carry your stuff? You are lucky in that you have friends that are willing to do this for you otherwise where would you be? As for the meds I would stick to what they prescribed for you. I am sure that the doctor also told you that the use of Motrin or Alieve would also be okay. Check with them to be sure. You are looking at about 3 months before you get back to feeling fairly normal. Take care.

  7. QUESTION:
    When will I be able to work out again?
    I have a chronic ankle injury as a result of a grade III sprain two years ago, which ham given me permanent swelling and pain after workouts as well as instability and easy re-injury. My doctor has suggested a Brostrom Ligament Procedure as the best way to repair the ankle. I need to have the procedure done, but I also need to figure out when is best to have it.
    I'm a dancer and a former gymnast, and keeping in shape is very important to me. I try and work out one and a half to two hours per day to keep my gymnastics skills and peak form, and I also dance at least 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. Needless to say, my ankle undergoes a good amount of stress daily. I always wear a brace and ice, but it's not working, so I need the surgery.
    I was wondering how long recovery usually is, and when I can get back to training? Also, when is the best time to have it done, in your opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      The best time to have it is when you are ready. It sounds as if you are ready now. As to the recovery time that is going to be dependent upon the surgeon and what is found when they are in there. They will be able to give you an idea of when you can start physical therapy for the ankle. As for working out there is nothing that will stop you from working out the upper body now and then. Upper body workouts are considered more strenuous than lower and should be able to keep you in shape. You should be able to swim and do deep water exercise program long before you can do strenuous workouts but they will certainly keep you fit.

  8. QUESTION:
    How long till i can get back?
    I sprained my ankle and my foot during a basketball game around january 9, but nobody knew that i sprained my foot, they just thought my ankle...so i let my ankle heal sorta, i kept trying to play on it..and i did, it only hurt when i ran tho like when i walked it felt fine. But then after about a month of pain my parents took me to the doctor and they said i also sprained my foot at the same time i sprained my ankle and that i need to wear this shoe thing and not do any running activity for 2 weeks. But i played in the bball game i had that night because it was a big game..i scored 6points. I started the 2 weeks off the next day (saturday) but then the trak conditioning started on that up coming wednesday and my dad said i had to go...so i ran 3 miles outside with the high school team...(im only in 8th grade) and we were going pretty fast...it started to rly hurt when i got home i iced it and stretched it out a lot...and not today is sunday i have till friday and then that 2 weeks is up and im aloud to play basketball and started my track season...do u think i will be ready to start running on friday or play basketball? Is there a way i can speed up my recovery????
    Thanks for ur help!! Sorii it was so long lol

    • ANSWER:
      Hey if you listens to your doctor then you would be all set now give it 2-3 weeks with ice and don't run at all all you will injure it terribly if you don't listen I made that same mistake once and most people don't know but some sprains are harder to come back from then so please listen

  9. QUESTION:
    what injuries have you gotten?
    i have injured myself three times. first i sprained my ankle riding down a hill on my bike and my foot slipped off the pedal and the pedal made contact with my foot and bam it hurt like a you know, it took 3 weeks to heal. second was when i ran cross country when i was in 9th grade i pulled the left side of my groin muscles while running a race it took 2 weeks to heal. my last injury occurred two months ago i was doing to many situps one day and my lower left side of my abs muscle got pulled. it took 7 weeks to heal cause i still had to run track and that prolonged my recovery and i lost my beautiful 6 pack abs cause of it. so all i want you guys to do is to name your injuries, explain what happened, how long it took you to recover from this injury and how it effected you. thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I've broken a bone in my toe, sprained my ankle twice, sprained my wrist, tore my Achilles tendon, and strained my Achilles tendon. When i broke my toe i also sprained my ankle at the same time. This happened when i did a cartwheel on a balance beam wrong. It took about 4 weeks to heal. The second time a sprained my ankle was when i was dancing and i did a turn wrong. This was my latest injury so i'm still in the healing process. I sprained my wrist when my sister pushed me off a bed. I had to wear a wrist brace for 2 weeks. I tore my Achilles tendon the same time when i was dancing so i'm still currently in the healing process. When i strained my Achilles i was running for to long and i over stretched the tendon. It took about 2 weeks to heal. These injuries didn't really effect me but my current ones are having an effect on my gymnastics training.