A midfoot sprain is when the fibrous tissues that connect bones of the middle part of the foot tears A sprain is a fairly common discomfort in athletes, mainly because the foot has to bear excessive twisting, force, and weight.
Midfoot Sprain Causes
- Excessive twisting, which usually happen in snowboarding, windsurfing, competitive driving
- Excessive spinning especially among ballet dancers
- Falls while dancing or performing gymnastics
- A forceful blow on the midfoot like during motorcycle accidents
Midfoot Sprain Symptoms
- Pain and tenderness in the middle foot area
- Swelling in the middle foot area
- Bruising or black or bluish discoloration in the middle foot area
- May not be able to bear weight in severe cases
Treatment for Managing Your Midfoot Sprain
In midfoot sprain treatment, the following tips will help manage the problem.
- Rest. Relax your foot.
- Ice. Use ice compress to decrease swelling.
- Compress the midfoot area using a bandage.
- Elevate the affected area.
- An analgesic may also be prescribed by your doctor, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve pain due to swelling.
- For severe cases, immobilization through casting will be recommended.
- Athletes and other people whose careers depend on their feet may need special rehabilitation and treatment plan.
- Wearing stiff-soled shoes will stabilize the foot and prevent sprains.
- Before doing anything that requires force, be sure to do some stretching.