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How long should it take for swelling of a sprained ankle to subside?

How long should it take for swelling of a sprained ankle to subdue? It s been two weeks now and the worst swelling has gotten better, but it s still swollen some and just aches all of the time. I frequently sprain my ankles and had to have a cast (for a sprained ankle) when I was younger, but it seems like it s staying swollen longer. When should I be concerned? And is the itching sensation due to the swelling?
Asked On : Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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Hello Dear
Since you have frequent ankle sprains and have constant pain for 2 weeks, you have to go for X-ray to rule out any kind of minor fracture. To get rid from the swelling keep the leg elevated as much as you can, wipe an elastic bandage on the site, take complete bed rest and don't wear weight on the ankle.
In recurrent injuries of the ankle MRI is advisable to known the extend of the injury to the ligaments. Consult your doctor and discuss it.
Best Wishes and have a good health
Answered: Tue, 16 Oct 2012
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