Ask a Physical Therapist

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I sprained my ankle…How long before I can run again safely?

“There are varying degrees of ankle sprains, so returning to running is heavily dependent on how severely you sprained your ankle. A mild sprain may be able to return to running in as little as 2 weeks, whereas a severe sprain could take a few months. Regardless of the severity of your injury, it is always best to return to running gradually to help your body rebuild and to test your ankle without re-injuring it. I suggest starting with a brisk walk on level ground and then building up to jogging or running pain free on level ground before running inclines, declines or trail running. Physical therapists are well equipped to treat ankle sprains and may be able to get you back on the road quicker then resting and rehabbing on your own,” Marjorie Saveski, MPT Advanced Physical Therapy Center – Hartland.

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