What To Do If You Have A Foot Sprain

Our feet undergo great amounts of stress on a daily basis, from walking down the sidewalk, ascending staircases, and making leaps and bounds at the nearest basketball court. Attached to our feet are ligaments that stretch and provide sturdy support for surrounding bones. Despite their hardiness, ligaments experience wear and tear, often when feet land with excess force or in uncomfortable positions. Identifying a foot sprain and following an appropriate treatment plan are essential to full recovery.


Signs Of A Foot Sprain

When you engage in strenuous activity that requires your body to constantly reposition itself, you place yourself at risk for a foot sprain, especially when your feet remain in one position. High-risk activities include basketball, football, soccer, and dance. A foot sprain ranges from minor, mild, to severe, depending on the degree of tear seen in surrounding ligaments. Proper diagnosis likely requires a medical examination and an x-ray. Seek medical assistance if the following occur:


Pain on any part of the foot after intense activity.


Pain and discomfort when walking, or attempting to place weight on the foot.


Bruising and swelling at the top, sides, bottom, or arch of the foot.



Steps To Take

While medical personnel should diagnose a foot sprain and prescribe advanced treatment (possibly including crutches or splints), taking a proactive approach to reducing symptoms and pain helps prevent increased injury and severe complications. Should you suspect a foot sprain, follow these steps:


Refrain from physical activity. – Eliminate further damage to your foot by quitting activities that require extensive movement. Rest and ensure your foot remains as still as possible.


Apply ice to your foot sprain. – Twice or three times a day, place ice on your foot sprain, but take care not to press the ice directly onto your skin. Apply ice to your foot sprain for no more than 20 minutes a session.


Elevate your foot. – Keeping your foot in a raised position cuts down swelling and allows your foot sprain to actively heal.


Monitor your pain levels. – As you recover from your foot sprain, steadily increase your degree of physical activity. Only return to activities like exercise and sports after receiving a doctor’s approval and quit any physical activity if you feel pain in the area of the foot sprain.


Wear sturdy footwear. – Avoid walking barefoot or resorting to flip-flops during and after recovery. Shoes that cover the feet and provide greater support reduce the likelihood of a foot sprain.



Numbness, tingling, and increased pain suggest potential complications along with a foot sprain. Should you experience these symptoms, do not hesitate to contact a doctor. Uptown Emergency Room actively treats symptoms of a foot sprain. If you are located within the Dallas area, call us at (214) 217-1818.