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A 38-year-old female asked:

what can you do if you broke or sprained your foot but absolutely can't see a dr?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Immobilize it: Use an ace wrap or wear a stiff shoe (Dr.Scholl's).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is important: to get this checked out to ensure it heals properly. Can also use rest, icing, light compression and elevation. NSAID's can help with pain.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How do I get a boot for sprained foot?

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Dr. Robert Lupo
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Med supply or orthot: Short pneumatic walking boot works well. Go to an medical supply store or orthotic and prosthetic company. Just call first to make sure they have it.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I twisted my foot earlier playing ice hockey, could it be possible that I have a sprained foot?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
It is possible: Try icing the foot, resting it a bit and take an over-the-counter antiinflammatory such as advil/motrin/ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen). If there is bruising, swelling and significant pain it is best to have it checked out.
A 55-year-old female asked:

Sprained foot 12 weeks ago. Still swells & hurts. How long will this go on?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Can take mths: Sprained ligaments in foot and ankle can take several months for the pain and swelling to go down.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Do you think I should keep putting a bandage on my sprained foot?

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Dr. Neil Hecht
Podiatry 44 years experience
4-6 weeks: A sprain is an injury of the ligaments of your foot and/or ankle. It will usually take 4-6 weeks to heal and during that time a bandage like an ace wrap will be helpful to control swelling and limit excess motion. Have your podiatrist evaluate your injury if more treatment is needed.
A 31-year-old member asked:

On average, how long will a sprained foot take to heal?

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Dr. Kevin Watson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
2-3 months: Depending on the severity of the sprain, usually 2-3 months. There is a particularly bad sprain of the foot, called a lisfranc injury, which can take longer and can often be misdiagnosed.

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