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 Healing Time:

What is a Sprained Midfoot?

  • 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.

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.

 

 

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!

 

How Long Does it Take to Heal a Sprained Foot:

How long does it take to heal a sprained foot? Usually it can range anywhere from a few days to a few months depending on the severity of the sprain.

About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.