About Foot Sprains

What is it and what are your treatment options?
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What is a Foot Sprain?

A foot sprain is a tear of ligaments, the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones to one another inside a joint. Sprains range in severity from Grade I to Grade III.

  • Grade I — The injury is fairly mild, causing microscopic tears or stretching of the ligaments.
  • Grade II (moderate) — The ligaments may be partially torn, and the stretching is more severe.
  • Grade III (severe) — The ligaments are completely torn, so the foot may be unstable and no longer able to bear weight.

Because the foot bears the entire body’s weight with each step and contains numerous bones and joints, you may expect the foot to be at high risk of sprains. However, sprains of the foot are fairly rare, except in people who participate in certain sports or occupations that subject the feet to abnormal twisting motions or bends.

Common Causes:

  • Sports-related fall
  • Twist of the midfoot
  • Dancers who lose their balance
  • Landing on foot abnormally
  • High-impact trauma such as a motor vehicle accident

Symptoms of a Foot Sprain may include:

  • Swollen
  • Tenderness
  • Localized bruising
  • Inability to bear weight on your injured foot.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms seek treatment by making an appointment with Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) foot specialist.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) our foot specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care. 

When diagnosing a Foot Sprain, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat sprains

RICE Method

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

OPA approved physical therapist will provide exercises strengthen foot

Immobilization

A cast take the weight off the foot in a cast and recommend temporarily avoiding bearing weight on the injured foot

Mild midfoot sprains usually heal within a few weeks, whereas more severe sprains may take up to two months
At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Foot Specialists are experst in diagnosing and treating Foot Sprains.

If you are experiencing foot pain, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists that are conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Foot & Ankle Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Eugene Chang, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

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To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.

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