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Foot sprain

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Foot sprain

A foot sprain occurs when you stretch or tear the ligaments around your foot. Ligaments are the tough tissues that connect one bone to another. A sprain can happen when you run, fall, or hit your toe against something. Sprains often happen when you jump or change direction quickly. This may occur when you play basketball, soccer, or other sports.

Most foot sprains will get better with treatment at home.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems.

How can you care for yourself at home?

Walk or put weight on your sprained foot as long as it does not hurt.

If your doctor gave you a splint or immobilizer, wear it as directed. If you were given crutches, use them as directed.

For the first 2 days after your injury, avoid hot showers, hot tubs, or hot packs. They may increase swelling.

Put ice on your foot for 10 to 20 minutes at a time to stop swelling. Try this every 1 to 2 hours for 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice pack and your skin. Keep your splint dry.

After 2 or 3 days, if your swelling is gone, put a heating pad (set on low) or a warm cloth on your foot. Some doctors suggest that you go back and forth between hot and cold treatments.

Prop up your foot on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down. Try to keep it above the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling.

Do any exercises that your doctor suggests.

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