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Diagnosis and Symptons

Foot sprains are caused by damage to ligament(s) in the foot, which occurs when the ligament is over-stretched, while foot strains are caused by damage to the muscles or tendons in the foot.


Symptoms include swelling and tenderness and pain on movement.

Preventative measures

Exercises that build up flexibility and strength in the ankle muscles tendons and ligaments will help prevent injury.

Strapping may be of benefit for competition. Strapping should be completed by a trained professional.

Ankle supports are available in a variety of forms including those reinforced with braces/splints to restrict movement in a particular direction. For specific injuries consult your medical professional advice on the most appropriate support. A change of footwear or orthotic insoles may also be beneficial.


For serious injury always consult your doctor or physiotherapist. 
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Last update: 16/05/2013 12:38 • Previous update: 30/11/-0001 00:00