Sprain is often mistaken as strain so many people ignore the injury and just wait for it to heal on its own. Both sprain and strain respond to RICE treatment well, and most of the time, this treatment is enough. However, if the pain and swelling persists after two or three days or your condition does not improve even with RICE, you might need to see a doctor right away.
Additionally, if you feel like the joints are unstable, do not think twice and go see a medical professional. This could be serious, complete damage to the ligaments that may require surgery. Another reason to seek medical help is when there is redness in the area as this is a sign of infection. Not treating the infection would further lead to more complications.
Mattison Podiatry Group specializes in foot and ankle disorders. We treat sprain, strain, and all foot and ankle problems. Schedule a consultation with our experts today.