When should I see a healthcare provider for a sprain?

  • You have severe pain and cannot put weight on the injured joint.
  • The injured area looks crooked, has lumps and bumps (other than swelling) that you do not see on the uninjured joint.
  • You cannot move the injured joint.
  • There is numbness in any part of the injured area.
  • Redness or red streaks spread out from the injury.
  • You injure an area that has been injured before.
  • You have pain, swelling or redness over a bony part of your foot.
  • You are in doubt about the seriousness of the injury and/or how to care for it.

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