When can I resume working out after an ankle sprain?
By Jennifer Viegas for Live Right Live Well
The answer depends on how serious your injury is. If the pain is
severe; you can't move your foot; or you have numbness, redness or new
crooked, bony lumps at the site of the injury, you should consult your
physician, advises Sue Elderkin, M.A., physical therapist and
coordinator of outpatient rehabilitation at Alta Bates Summit Hospital
in Berkeley, Calif.
However, if it's a minor sprain, you should be able to resume
exercise after the initial swelling goes down, usually within two or
three days, says Elderkin. In fact, while ice and rest are fine for a
day or two, "if the damaged area is unused for too long, you may
develop scar tissue that could permanently stiffen movement," she says.
So once you're back on your feet (so to speak), ease back into exercise
with equipment that limits weight-bearing, such as a stationary bike.
Since gentle motion promotes circulation and may increase the rate of
healing, even moving your leg (carefully) and wiggling your toes can
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