Foot and Ankle Sprains

A foot sprain can occur when you stretch or tear the ligaments around your foot or ankle. A ligament is tough tissue that connects one bone to another bone. A sprain can happen when you run, fall, or hit your toe against something. This may occur when you play basketball, soccer or any other sport where you jump or change direction quickly. Most foot sprains will get better with treatment at home.

How can you treat yourself at home?

  • Walk or put weight on your sprained foot as long as it does not hurt.
  • If your doctor gave you a splint or immobilizer, wear it as directed. If you were given crutches use them as directed.
  • For the first 2 days after your injury, avoid hot showers, hot tubs or hot packs. They may increase the swelling.
  • Put ice or cold pack on your foot for 10-20 minutes at a time to stop swelling. Try this every 1 to 2 hours for 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thick cloth between the ice pack and your skin. Keep your splint dry.
  • After 2 or 3 days, if your swelling is gone, put a heating pad (set on low) or a warm cloth on your foot. Some doctors suggest that you go back and forth between hot and cold treatments.
  • Prop your foot on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down. Try to keep it above the level of your heart.
  • Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask the doctor if you can take an over the counter medicine.
  • Do any exercises that your doctor or physical therapist suggests.
  • Return to your usual exercise gradually as you feel better.

If the pain or swelling does not get any better please contact our office for an appointment.

If you have more serious problems such as the following please contact us immediately:

  • You have increased or severe pain.
  • Your toes are cool, pale or change colors
  • Your wrap or splint feels too tight
  • You have signs of a blood clot, such as
    • Pain in your calf, back of your knee, thigh, or groin.
    • Redness or swelling in your leg or groin.
  • You have tingling, weakness or numbness in your leg or foot.
  • You cannot put any weight on your foot.
  • You get a fever.

Do not hesitate to make an appointment or request more information today!

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