Sprained Top Of Foot
Sprained Top Of Foot: It is essential to start treating your top of the foot sprain immediately to cut down the healing time. Follow this guide!
Sprained Top Of Foot Symptoms:
A sprain in the top of the foot or the arch is called a Lisfranc sprain. In most cases it is usually only a sprain that lasts a couple days to a couple weeks.
- pain in the mid-foot.
- Swelling & Redness that starts 30 minutes later.
- Possible numbness, burning or tingling.
- Bruising in the skin.
- Big toe can experience tingling as well.
Causes Of A Top Of The Foot Sprain:
- This is the region that is the responsible for bending of the midfoot..
- This usually occurs as a results of a sports related fall or twisting of the midfoot.
- In these sports related causes, it usually only lasts 1-2 weeks.
- In very severe falls, injuries or motor vehicle accidents, it is possible to rupture the ligament.
- It is even possible to break the bone.
- At this point the injury definitely needs to be evaluated by a podiatrist.
Sprained Top Of Foot Healing Time:
- 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!
Sprained Top Of Foot Treatment:
A) Ice the Midfoot Sprain:
- This is most beneficial directly after the injury.
- Icing 2-3x per day for about 15-20 minutes will decrease the flow of inflammatory cells into the muscle.
- Afterwards the arteries will vasodilate further flushing out inflammatory cells from the region.
- Ice has deeper penetrating power than heat.
- Do not use heat immediately after the injury!
B)Elevation of the the Midfoot Sprain:
- If possible elevate your leg while watching TV.
- This will prevent as many inflammatory cells from reaching your ankle.
- It will also drastically decrease the swelling.
C)Compression of the the Midfoot Sprain:
- It will increase the back flow of venous blood and help flush out inflammatory cells.
- Use an ACE bandage or any other type of compression wrap.
- It should not be so tight that it cuts off blood flow!
- Use ice over top.
D)Topical anti-inflammatories or analgesics:
- There are anti-inflammatory creams that can be prescribed by your podiatrist that can decrease the inflammation and speed up your healing time.
- Capsaicin & Voltaren gel works great.
- Biofreeze or anything with menthol in it.
- These include Ibuprofen & Aspirin.
- This can be over the counter or prescription.
- Do not take these unless instructed to do so by your physician or podiatrist.
- Take a 1-2 week course to attempt to decrease the inflammation and speed up your healing time.
- Take 2-3x doses per day as instructed, this builds up anti-inflammatory enzyme levels in your system.
- Taking just 1-2 pills and then stopping does nothing for inflammation!
F)See Your Podiatrist!
- If the pain is not better in a few days, always go see your podiatrist.
- Imaging is essential to properly diagnosing this injury!
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