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Symptoms and Treatment of a Sprained Foot

A sprained foot occurs when connective tissues, such as ligaments and cartilage in the foot's joints, are damaged or torn. Sprains often result from sudden twists or impacts. This can happen during activities, including stepping on uneven surfaces or engaging in vigorous sports like ballet or gymnastics. Symptoms of foot sprains include pain that becomes more severe from pressure, limited mobility, and visible signs like bruising and swelling. The severity of foot sprains ranges from mild to severe, necessitating an assessment from a podiatrist. This foot doctor conducts physical examinations and imaging tests to confirm the type and severity of the injury and assess its extent. Treatment typically involves rest and elevation to reduce inflammation. In severe cases, splinting or surgery may be necessary. If you believe you have sprained your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an immediate appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis, tailored treatment plans, and comprehensive support. 

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with James Tyler Vestile, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Indiana. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures


Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain


To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.


Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Tipton, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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