Foot Sprain

You have a sprained foot. When you twist your foot, the ligaments that hold the joints together are injured. This may cause pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. Proper treatment will shorten your disability and help you prevent re-injury. To treat a sprained foot you should:

  • Elevate your foot for the next 2-3 days to reduce swelling.

  • Apply ice packs to the foot for 20-30 minutes every 2-3 hours.

  • Wrap your foot with a compression bandage as long as it is swollen or tender.

  • Do not walk on your foot if it still hurts a lot. Use crutches or a cane until weight bearing becomes painless.

  • Special podiatric shoes or shoes with rigid soles may be useful in allowing earlier walking.

Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Most foot sprains will heal completely in 3-6 weeks with proper rest. If you still have pain or swelling after 2-3 weeks, or if your pain worsens, you should see your doctor for further evaluation.