Foot Sprain or Strain

What Is a Foot Sprain or Strain?

  • A foot sprain is a stretching or tearing of the ligaments that connect the bones of the foot.
  • A foot strain is a stretching or tearing of the tendons and muscles in the foot.

What Causes Foot Sprains and Strains?

  • A sprain or strain occurs most often from a twisting or turning of the ankle or foot.
  • The foot will roll inwards or outwards due to stepping on another person’s foot or stepping in a hole.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain with movement or activity over the affected site.
  • Swelling on the outside or inside of the foot or ankle.
  • Walking with a limp.
  • Bruising around the inside or outside of the foot or ankle.

What Can I Do to Feel Better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.

When Should I See a Medical Professional?

  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are unable to put weight on your foot.
  • If there is an obvious deformity of the foot or pain directly over a bone.
  • If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.