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Foot Sprain Overview

What is a foot sprain?
A person with a foot sprain has stretched or torn the ligaments in the foot. The ligaments are strong bands that hold the bones in place during movement. Sprains occur when the foot is forced to move beyond the normal range of motion.

What are the symptoms of a foot sprain?
Symptoms of a foot sprain include foot pain, foot swelling, foot tenderness, and bruising. Some may complain of foot numbness.

How does the doctor treat a foot sprain?
Treatment for a foot sprain may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, use of crutches, and acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain control.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Foot Sprain References
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