Ankle Sprain Specialist In Singapore

Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

  • Move unhindered and without pain again through ankle sprain treatment
  • Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
  • Internationally recognised, more than 1500 surgeries performed

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What is An Ankle Sprain?

An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments in your ankle are stretched or torn. It’s a common injury, especially for athletes and active individuals. Sometimes, an ankle sprain can be a symptom of underlying conditions, like joint hypermobility or weak muscles. If not given proper treatment, it could lead to:

  • Increased risk of recurrent sprains, making your ankle more unstable over time
  • Chronic pain and discomfort, affecting your daily activities
  • Development of arthritis in the affected joint, causing long-term joint issues
  • Loss of balance and coordination, limiting your ability to participate in sports or other physical activities

Signs You Have An Ankle Sprain

Knowing the signs of an ankle sprain is important for timely treatment and preventing further injury. Here are four common signs that you might have an ankle sprain:


Swelling occurs as your body's natural response to protect and heal the affected area.


When the ligaments are damaged, blood vessels can break, causing discolouration around the injured area.


Pain results from ligament damage and inflammation, and it usually intensifies when you put weight on the affected ankle.

Limited mobility

The swelling and pain from the sprain can make it difficult to move your ankle or walk properly.

Take the first step towards pain-free movement
with personalized ankle sprain treatment.

Regain your ankle’s mobility and strength while minimizing the chances of additional damage or injury.
Proper treatment for ankle sprains allows you to enjoy your favorite physical activities again by restoring your ankle function.

How long does it take for an ankle sprain to heal?

The healing time for an ankle sprain varies depending on the severity of the injury. Mild sprains (Grade 1) may take 1-2 weeks to heal, while moderate sprains (Grade 2) can take 3-6 weeks. Severe sprains (Grade 3), which involve a complete ligament tear, may require 8-12 weeks or longer to fully recover.

What's the difference between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture?

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect bones, while a fracture is a break in a bone. Both can result from similar incidents, such as a fall or twist, and cause pain, swelling, and bruising. However, ankle fractures are typically more painful and may require a longer recovery period.

When Is The Best Time To Consult An Orthopaedic Doctor About An Ankle Sprain?

Proper diagnosis and treatment of an ankle sprain are crucial to avoid further damage and long-term complications. Consult an orthopaedic specialist about your ankle sprain if you experience any of the following situations:

  • If you’re unable to bear weight on the affected ankle
  • If the pain and swelling do not improve or worsen within a few days
  • If you’re experiencing persistent instability, recurring sprains, or long-lasting pain
  • If you’re unsure about the severity of your injury

Ankle Sprain Recovery Process

Recovery Period What to Expect:
0-48 hours
  • Pain, swelling, and bruising around the injured ankle
  • Application of RICE therapy (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)
  • Limited weight-bearing, possible use of crutches or walking boot
1-2 weeks
(Grade 1 or mild sprain)
  • Gradual reduction of pain and swelling
  • Gentle range-of-motion exercises to restore flexibility
  • Slow return to weight-bearing activities, with the guidance of a healthcare professional
3-6 weeks
(Grade 2 or moderate sprain)
  • Continued reduction of pain and swelling
  • Strengthening exercises to improve muscle support around the ankle
  • Balance exercises to improve stability
  • Gradual return to normal activities, with the guidance of a healthcare professional
8-12 weeks
(Grade 3 or severe sprain)
  • Most pain and swelling should have subsided
  • Progression to more advanced strengthening and balance exercises
  • Consultation with a healthcare professional before returning to high-impact activities or sports, possible use of ankle brace or tape for additional support
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Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

Internationally Recognised & Double Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Over 18 Years of Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),
    National University of Singapore
  • Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS),
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed),
    National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (FRCS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former Head of the Hip and Knee Division in Ng Teng Fong Hospital, he has won awards for superior patient outcomes (value driven), service quality and enhanced recovery programmes. His patients include current and former national athletes and sporting professionals.

Why Choose

Dr Wang Lushun?



Leadership on Orthopaedic Advisory Boards



Double Fellowships at Centres of Excellence



Senior Consultant with Over 18 Years of Experience

Can I Use Medisave For Ankle Sprain Treatment?

Yes, you can use your Medisave to offset the cost of your treatment.
Reach out to us today to learn more about payment options.

Patient-Centred Orthopaedic Care

We are dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves the freedom that comes with active living. Whether you're an athlete sidelined by an injury or a weekend hobbyist desperate to return to your passion, our mission is to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Personalised Approach For Positive Outcomes

Our clinic prioritizes time dedicated to understanding each patient’s injuries and needs. Dr Wang strongly believes that personalised care & patient management will lead to better outcomes & positive experiences.

Minimally Invasive Techniques For Faster Recovery

Dr Wang’s extensive experience with minimally invasive procedures allows for less scarring, lower risk of complications and faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Aftercare Focused On Restoring Mobility & Well-Being

As an avid sportsperson, Dr Wang understands the time and patience required to regain mobility and return to active living. After your procedure is completed, Dr Wang will make sure your recovery is smooth and comfortable.


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We accept all patients, with or without insurance plans. Additionally, we are on the specialist panels of these Health Networks/Insurance Plans. Please contact us if you have any queries and we will be happy to assist you in checking with your insurance provider.

Our Clinic Locations

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #05-51, Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can ankle sprains lead to long-term problems?

    If left untreated, ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability, recurrent sprains, and an increased risk of arthritis in the affected joint. Proper treatment, rehabilitation, and adherence to an orthopaedic specialist’s advice can help minimize the risk of long-term issues.

    How can I prevent ankle sprains?

    To prevent ankle sprains, maintain good muscle strength and flexibility, wear appropriate footwear, and be mindful of your surroundings when walking or running. Warm up and stretch before physical activities, and use caution on uneven surfaces. Ankle braces and tape may also provide additional support and help prevent sprains.

    Can I walk on a sprained ankle?

    Walking on a sprained ankle can cause further damage and prolong the healing process. It’s best to rest and avoid bearing weight on the injured ankle, especially during the initial phase of healing. If necessary, use crutches or a walking boot to minimize weight-bearing.

    How can I treat an ankle sprain at home?

    For minor ankle sprains, follow the RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest the injured ankle to avoid further damage, apply ice for 20 minutes every 1-2 hours during the first 48 hours, use a compression bandage to help reduce swelling, and elevate the ankle above heart level whenever possible.

    How long does it take for an ankle sprain to heal?

    The healing time for an ankle sprain varies depending on the severity of the injury. Mild sprains (Grade 1) may take 1-2 weeks to heal, while moderate sprains (Grade 2) can take 3-6 weeks. Severe sprains (Grade 3), which involve a complete ligament tear, may require 8-12 weeks or longer to fully recover.