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Facts Behind Foot Sprains

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Can Sprains Happen in the Arch and Big Toe Joint?

Think of it , your feet bear your entire body weight each time you take a step, and this drastically increases the moment you run or add exercise into the mix. Sprains can happen and it could be the reason you are experiencing foot pain.

Foot sprains aren’t as common as other injuries. They typically occur to those who are involved in specific sports or activities that have feet doing a lot of bending and twisting.  When they happen, they are often found in the arch of the foot and at the joint at the base of the big toe. Ligaments connect bones within the foot, and a sprain is an injury in which these ligaments are stretched or torn. This type of injury is classified by severity into a Grade 1, 2 or 3 level of sprain.

The arch is also called the mid foot, and a sprain in this location is usually caused by a fall or twisting the foot. Female ballet dancers en pointe, windsurfers and horseback riders are at risk for this type of injury.  Spraining the big toe occurs when it is hyperextended beyond its normal range of motion. In the sports world, this injury is called “turf toe.” A football player who falls forward while their foot is still planted, or a soccer player wearing lightweight soccer shoes, are both at risk for this kind of toe problem.

Common symptoms to look for include swelling, tenderness, pain, bruising and an inability to bear weight on the foot. How quickly and how well a foot sprain heals depends on the severity of the injury and how soon you seek treatment. Foot specialist Dr. Sanjay Patel can diagnose the extent of the problem and provide the exact treatment you need to get back on your feet without pain. Call us today before your symptoms worsen and a chronic problem develops. Make an appointment at Family Foot Care & Surgery in Milford, CT by calling (203) 876-7736 or in Hamden, CT at (203) 288-4055.

Dr. Sanjay V. Patel
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Dr. Patel has over 20 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery.
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