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Leg Sprain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

A leg sprain is an injury that occurs when your ligaments are forced to stretch beyond their normal range. Ligaments are tough tissues that support joints, and connect and keep bones in place. Mild sprains may take up to 6 weeks to heal. Severe sprains can take up to 12 months to heal.


Return to the emergency department if:

Call your doctor if:


You may need any of the following:



Ask your healthcare provider how much activity is right for you. Start activity slowly and stop if you feel pain. Your healthcare provider may suggest the following:

Prevent another leg sprain:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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