From mild irritation to severe pain, sprains can slow you down and take you out of the game. The more you try to ignore it, the worse this type of foot injury can get, that’s why it is essential to see a podiatrist as soon as possible. With the mobile podiatrist Doctor Afoot in Seattle, WA you can have your sprain examined by a professional without having to leave your home! Read more about our sprain services, then contact us to schedule a visit!
Sprains are generally caused by a sudden, traumatic twist, or a forceful overstretching of the ligaments (the fibrous tissue that connects the bones in a joint). Along with mild to severe pain, symptoms can include swelling, tenderness, bruising, and stiffness.
If you have any of the above symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Doctor Afoot, we will perform a hands-on evaluation to determine the extent of the injury, and possibly splint it to help prevent further injury.
Treatment for a sprain will vary depending on the severity of the injury. In mild cases, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) can help reduce swelling and pain. We may also recommend anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce inflammation. In more severe cases, we may recommend immobilization or physical therapy.
There are several steps you can take to help prevent a sprain. This includes stretching before and after exercise, wearing supportive shoes, and knowing your limits as exercising and playing sports while tired can increase your likelihood of injury.