Foot Sprain

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Foot Sprain

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What is Foot Sprain?

A foot sprain is a tear to the ligaments in your foot. It usually happens when you overstretch one of the muscles in your foot and tear a tendon, which connects muscle to bone.

Symptoms of a foot sprain include pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness in the affected area. If you have any doubt about whether you have a foot sprain or something more serious, get it checked out by a doctor right away.

What are the types of Foot Sprain?

There are three grades of foot sprains:

Grade I – mild sprain that affects the outer ligament on the outside of the ankle (lateral collateral ligament)

Grade II – moderate sprain that affects both the outer and inner ligaments on both sides of your ankle (anterior talofibular ligament)

Grade III – severe sprain that affects all three major ligaments of your ankle (tibia, fibula and lateral collateral ligament)

What are the causes of Foot Sprain?

Foot sprains are a common injury, especially among athletes. They occur when the ligaments in the foot are stretched or torn. The most common causes of foot sprains include:

  1. Landing on an uneven surface
  2. Excessive twisting or turning of the ankle (for example, during sports or dance)
  3. Landing with your foot in an unnatural position (for example, when playing basketball)

What are the symptoms of Foot Sprain?

If you suspect you have a foot sprain, you may experience:

  • Pain in your ankle area that gets worse with weight bearing activities such as running or jumping
  • Tenderness over the area where the ligament is torn
  • Swelling and bruising of the surrounding tissues (shoulders, knees, ankles)
  • Stiffness in the joint that limits range of motion

What are the risk factors for Foot Sprain?

The risk factors for these types of injuries include having poor balance or coordination; wearing shoes with poor support; having weak ankles; being overweight or obese; having flat feet; wearing high heels regularly; and/or having tight calves (which will put more pressure on your ankles).

Other risk factors include:

  • Foot sprain is a common type of injury that can occur to anyone who participates in sports.
  • Many people who play sports have foot sprains.
  • Injury to the ligaments of the foot causes a sprain.
  • A ligament is a band of tissue that connects bones to one another at joints.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Foot Sprain?

Foot sprains are a common injury, and fortunately there are some simple exercises that you can do to help speed up the healing process. Here’s what you need to know about the exercises for foot sprains:

Ankle Circles

This exercise helps improve range of motion in your ankle by moving it in different directions.

Heel Slides

This exercise helps improve strength in your calf muscles by having you slide your heel across a flat surface such as a floor or carpet while keeping your toes pointed upward.

Towel Curl-Ups

This exercise works on strengthening your arches by having you sit on the floor with the ball of one foot on top of a towel and then curl up until your knee reaches 90 degrees (or close to it).

What are the treatments for Foot Sprain?

There are a few treatments for foot sprain, including:

  • Resting your foot and applying ice. This will help to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Bracing the injured area. This can be done with an Ace bandage or an athletic wrap. If you cannot get a brace, using a sock or even duct tape around your ankle can be helpful to provide support.
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (Aleve). These medications can help with pain and inflammation.
  • Elevation – Prop up your foot above heart level for 20 minutes at a time to reduce swelling and pain

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What brace is used for Foot Sprain?

The stirrup ankle brace is used to treat foot sprains. It has a curved plastic shell that holds the foot in place and provides support for the ankle joint. This type of brace is often used after an ankle sprain, when the joint is swollen or painful. The stirrup ankle brace can help keep the foot steady while it heals and reduce pain during everyday tasks like walking or standing on one leg.

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