Medical Considerations for Sprains
See your doctor if you suspect a sprain. Sometimes a fracture can occur simultaneously with a sprain, so your doctor may do X-rays or other imaging of the affected area. Be aware that a joint may become dislocated along with a sprain; if a joint looks seriously misshapen or out of place, see a doctor immediately. If pain and swelling don’t diminish after several days of self-medication as described in the Prevention and Treatment section, see your doctor. Also talk to your doctor if you have soreness, pain, redness, swelling or other indications of foot problems that persist for more than a few days.
Reviewed by: Robert P. Thompson, C.Ped, IPFH Scientific Advisory Board
Last updated: July 6, 2015