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I had a good friend of mine on track to run her very first 5K and then on Thanksgiving she ended up running over her foot with a quad causing a bad sprain. How long does recovery take? She was running again (I ran with her on the treadmill a few times when I was visiting a couple weeks ago) but now she is complaining that her ankle hurts again. Should it take almost 2 months to recover from a sprain. Any ideas or suggestions to speed up recovery?<br><br>
I told her to stop the running for a few more weeks and just elliptical and then try it again.
 

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2 to 3 months, using band resistance stretches and doing lots of excercise. I sprained my badly in college playing basketball and it has never been the same again.<br><br>
I was on crutches over a month.<br><br>
Tell her to practice forming the alphabet with her foot. That will help her range of motion. Then she can use a rubber band (large) and pull her foot to her and push against it, using resistance.<br><br>
There are lots of things she can do, including electric shock therapy and lots of icing.<br><br>
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I sprained mine very badly July 15th, to the point the PT sent me to right to hospital to make sure it wasn't broken. It wasn't.<br><br>
I sprained it early in a race (trail, very steep and rocky), but managed to finish. And I was back running within 10 days, although not on the trail and on a flat, even surface.<br><br>
BUT ... big BUT ... I was dumb not to continue to rehab it as I think I held my ankle in a very rigid position and that may have contributed to a calf tear I suffered at the end of October. That has taken some time to recover from.<br><br>
Long way of saying, I agree with Jenna, that if your friend doesn't take care of it, it may become a chronic condition. Many people that have ankle sprains experience them over and over.<br><br>
In addition to the suggestions Jenna lists, using the wobble board, one foot on (assisted, if necessary, to maintain balance), do very controlled forward-back, side-to-side, clockwise and counterclockwise rotation. No need to touch the edges of the w/b to floor, just really engage ankle/s to do the movements.<br><br>
Six months from the injury, I'm still working on improving ankle flexibility, with PT. GL to your friend!
 

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I'm still recovering from a sprain back in June. Hit a piece of wood on a path and rolled the ankle out. Was able to walk normally the next day, and started back running the following week. But after 2 short runs the foot started hurting about 2 miles out and was getting pins and needles down the outside of the foot. Saw my sports doc who said I'd essentially dislocated the cuboid bone. 4 weeks of PT, with lots of balance exercises (one foot on bosu ball, one foot passing a medicine ball from hand to hand, one foot with eyes closed......) and cross trained only (spin and elliptical) for another 4 weeks, then slowly back running again. The side of my foot felt really weird for a long time, with tightness and pain radiating up from the foot to the outside of my leg right up to the glute. Doc said I'd done nerve damage and that it'd just take time to resolve. Massage has helped and I'm almost back to normal.<br><br>
Like SS and Jenna said, the ankle strengthening is key to keep it from happening again.<br><br>
Good luck to your friend.<br><br>
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Jensparks reminds me of something I failed to mention: I have had (still am having) interferential, ultrasound, and lots of PT manipulation along with the exercises.
 
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