How to relieve the symptoms of a sprained foot?

Foot & ankle specialists

Symptom relief

Follow these steps for the first few days or weeks after the injury:

  • Rest Stop any physical activity that causes pain and keep your foot still when possible.
  • Ice your foot for 20 minutes 2 to 3 times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Keep your foot elevated to help control swelling.
  • Take pain medicine if you need it.

For pain, you can take ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or acetaminophen (Tylenol). You can buy these pain medications at the store.

  • Talk to your provider before taking these medicines if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or have had stomach ulcers or internal bleeding in the past.
  • Do not take more than the amount recommended on the container or by your provider.


You can begin light activity once the pain has subsided and the swelling has gone down. Gradually increase the amount of walking or activity each day.

There may be some pain and stiffness when walking. This will go away once the muscles and ligaments in your foot start to stretch and get stronger.

Your provider or physical therapist may give you exercises to help strengthen the muscles and ligaments in your foot. These exercises can also help prevent future injuries.


  • During the activity, stable and protective footwear should be worn. Shoes with a high top protect your ankle while shoes with a stiffer sole can protect your foot. Walking barefoot or in sandals can make your sprain worse.
  • If you feel sharp pain, stop the activity.
  • Ice your foot after activity if you have any discomfort.
  • Wear a boot if your provider advises it. This can protect your foot and allows the ligaments to heal better.
  • Talk to your provider before returning any high-impact activity or sport.


You may not need to see your provider again if your injury is healing as expected. You will need additional follow-up visits if the injury is serious.

Source:  MedlinePlus

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