A foot sprain can limit your mobility and affect your overall ability to exercise and function. Foot sprains can be difficult to diagnose because there are so very many injuries that can cause foot pain. You will be best off if you visit a doctor relatively soon after injuring your foot so you can determine if the pain you are experiencing is from a sprain, a fracture, an ankle injury or a bone spur.
The common signs of a foot sprain include:
A true diagnosis of a foot sprain must be done by a doctor. You don't want to miss a diagnosis of something more serious like a fracture.
What To Do
As soon as you suspect you've sprained your foot, follow the instructions for foot sprain treatment described by this acronym: RICE. The letters stand for Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate:
See a doctor if:
Allow Your Foot to Heal
You may need to wear a cast or an immobilization boot if the sprain is significant. You may also need surgery if the ligament tore completely. Most sprained feet need rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, and time to repair for several weeks. Do not resume exercise that uses your foot until you are sure you have healed completely. In the meantime, try swimming. The cold water works as an anti-inflammatory agent and the foot will not be affected while you get a whole body workout.
Once your foot has healed, you will want to do exercises and stretches to strengthen and stretch your ligaments, tendons and muscles in that foot. The following exercises will prevent future injuries:
What is a sprain? While the injury can vary in severity, some key signs of a sprain are consistent across the board.
Sprained ankle treatment is best remembered by the acronym RICE: Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. The sooner you treat your sprained ankle, the better too.