Sprained Foot Healing Time

Sprained Foot Healing Time: There are 4 types of foot sprains that can happen. Each type of sprain has a different healing time depending on the location and the severity. Find out how long your foot sprain will keep you out!

 

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

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

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.

What is a Big Toe Joint Sprain?

      • 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!

What are the symptoms of a Sprained Big Toe Joint?

      • Tenderness and pain in the ball of the foot and the big toe
      • Swelling and bruising in the same areas
      • Limited mobility in the toe joint
      • Inability to bear weight on the ball of the affected foot

 

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:

What is a Sprained Midfoot?

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.

 

      • The midfoot 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the symptoms of a Midfoot Sprain?

  • Tenderness and pain in the arch of the foot
  • Bruising and swelling in the arch of the foot and this can extend to other parts of the foot
  • Pain- while walking or other activities that require the feet
  • You feel that you cannot put weight on the foot- this is mostly the case if the sprain is severe

 

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!

 

3) Sprained Ankle:

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.

What is an Ankle Sprain?

  • If you turned your foot in an the outside of your foot and ankle hurt, you might have a sprained ankle
  • This is about 85-90% of all ankle sprains.
  • A sprained ankle is called an inversion ankle injury

What are the Symptoms of a Sprained Ankle?

  • Usually the outside of your foot is sore, swollen and
  • Trouble keeping your balance
  • Inability to put weight on the affected foot
  • You may have some discoloration on the affected ankle
  • It is likely that your ankle will be stiff

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: 

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).

What is a High 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.

What are the Symptoms of a sprained ankle?

  • You should feel pain on the inside of your foot and ankle.
  • And could also feel pain directly above your ankle at the bottom of your leg.

Watch this video for more details about Ankle Sprains and their Healing Time!!!

High Ankle Sprain Healing Time

  • 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!