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: 

 

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:

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 today.

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