Why do I have extreme pain and unable to bear weight on my grade 3 sprained ankle?

Q. My grade 3 sprained ankle is paining extremely, and I am unable to bear weight. Why?

Answered by
Ranjeet Singha
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 06, 2020 and last reviewed on: Jun 30, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a male with a weight of 72 kilograms and a height of five feet nine inches. I have a grade 3 sprained ankle. On the first day, I had severe swelling with a size of a softball as well as bruising. It started to appear overnight. On the fourth day, I consulted a doctor and took X-rays. The doctor told me it was a grade 3 sprain and he told me that it has a recovery time of 3 to 6 weeks. Currently, I am unable to bear my weight due to my swelling. My bruising remains the same. Even if my foot is not elevated, I have extreme pain. What is the reason?



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As per the information, I suggest you follow the PRICE protocol. Follow protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I suggest you wear ankle support or brace or taping the ankle to have more stability and thus accelerates healing. Try to move the foot within the brace gradually without stressing. Avoid bearing weight on the affected foot. If there is no improvement within a week, kindly consult an orthopedic surgeon or physiotherapist.

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