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Exercise and ankle sprain
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Exercise and ankle sprain

I sprained my ankle 6 weeks ago, and I still get a little pain and swelling after working all day, as I am a hairdresser. Before I hurt my ankle I walked and 2 miles three times a week. I was wondering when I could start doing that again, and where I should start as far as an exercise plan goes, because I have gained weight since the sprain. Thankyou!
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Most ankle sprains are fairly well healed by about 6 weeks.  You can probably start walking for exercise some time fairly soon. I would likely recommend starting at about 1 mile three times a week and work gradually back to your previous level.  Usually an increase of about 10% per week is ok.
You might want to invest in an ankle support, both for work and exercise. I find the lace up type preferable to the elastic ones.
If you haven't seen a doctor yet, or if the pain persists, an X-ray to rule out a fracture or another injury known as osteochondritis dessicans is a good idea.
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