Sprained Foot Healing Time

Sprained Foot Healing Time: There are 4 types of foot sprains that can happen. Find out how long your foot sprain will keep you out!

 

Sprained Foot Healing Time
A foot sprain occuring during a football game.

 

Sprained Foot Symptoms:

A sprain is a stretch or partial tear injury that occurs between ligaments in the foot or ankle:

  • Severe Pain.
  • Instability.
  • Swelling & Redness that starts 30 minutes later.
  • Possible numbness, burning or tingling.
  • Bruising in the skin.

 

 

 

There Are Four Very Common Sprains In The Foot & Ankle:

There are 4 common sites of sprains in the foot.

The big toe joint, The middle of the footAn inversion ankle sprain & A high ankle sprain.

 

1) Big Toe Joint Sprain:

Sprained Foot Healing Time
A turf toe can occur when the big toe is planted on the ground. The force of the foot then goes over the toe & damages the ligaments at the bottom.
  • A sprain of this joint is called turf toe.
  • This is an extreme backward bending of the toe.
  • This happens a lot in football & ballet.
  • It happens when the big toe is planted against the ground and your body goes forward!

 

Sprained Foot Healing Time
Usually the ligaments are just sprained(stretched) & not torn. So after icing it will be much better in 3-5 days or up to 2 weeks!

 

Healing Time Of A Big Toe Sprain:

  • This can be 1-2 weeks in most cases with proper rest & treatment!
  • It can also be 2-3 months & need surgery depending on how bad it is.
  • But almost every single case, no matter how painful early, usually gets better in a couple days.
  • The key is good initial treatment, rest, ice, elevation, compression & protection!

 

 

 

2) Sprained Midfoot Symptoms:

Sprained Foot Healing Time
This is an example of a severe midfoot sprain. This has resulted in ruptured ligaments & damage to the bone. This would need surgery. If no bones or ligaments are broken or torn, it will probably be 2-3 weeks.
  • This is the area that includes the center of the arch.
  • This type of sprain can happen in a fall, a collision or a twisting of the midfoot.
  • This is common in jumping, ballet dancing, snowboarding & other sports.
  • It is eve possible in a simple stumble or fall.
  • Most serious sprains are during motor vehicle accidents or large falls.

 

Sprained Foot Healing Time
The pain & injury site will be the top of the foot. If severe enough there may be bruising at the heel or the bottom of the foot.

 

Healing Time Of A Midfoot Sprain:

  • The healing time is usually about 2-3 weeks if the midfoot is only stretched.
  • If there is a severe injury like a large fall, it can take 2-3 months. You may even need surgery.
  • If you cannot put weight on your foot after a couple days & there is severe swelling, consider a more severe sprain.
  • This needs to be taken to your podiatrist for imaging!

 

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3) Sprained Ankle Symptoms:

Sprained Foot Healing Time
The ligaments on the outside of the foot & ankle can become sprained. This usually occurs when the foot violently turns inward. This is known as an inversion ankle sprain.
  • If you turned your foot in an the outside of your foot and ankle hurt, consider a sprained ankle.
  • This is about 85-90% of all ankle sprains.
  • A sprained ankle is called an inversion ankle injury.
  • Usually the outside of your foot is sore.
  • You may have trouble keeping your balance.

Healing time of an ankle sprain?

  • An ankle sprain usually takes 1-2 weeks to heal.
  • But it can take up to 2-3 months depending on how severe the ankle injury is!
  • You can speed this time up by icing, & compressing the ankle injury.
  • There are many home treatments available to speed up this healing time
  • Follow the complete ankle treatment guide here!

 

 

 

4) High Ankle Sprain Symptoms:

Sprained Foot Healing Time
A normal ankle sprain occurs from the foot turning in (inversion ankle sprain). A high ankle sprain usually occurs from the foot turning out (eversion ankle sprain).
  •  A high ankle sprain can occur when you turn your foot out.
  • This is about 10-15% of all ankle sprains.
  • It can also happen when you land very forcefully on your foot.
  • You should feel pain on the inside of your foot and ankle.
  • You could also feel pain directly above your ankle at the bottom of your leg.

Healing time of a high ankle sprain?

  • An ankle sprain usually takes a little bit longer 2-3 weeks to heal.
  • But it can take up to 2-3 months depending on how severe the ankle injury is!
  • You can speed this time up by icing, & compressing the ankle injury.
  • There are many home treatments available to speed up this healing time
  • Follow the complete ankle treatment guide here!