Ankle & Foot Pain
A sprain is an injury to the ligaments around a joint. Ligaments are the strong, flexible fibers that connect one bone to another. When a ligament is stretched too far or tears, the joint will become painful and swell. Most ankle sprains happen when you make a rapid shifting movement with your foot planted, like when playing soccer or being tackled in football. A sprain can occur in an event as simple as accidentally rolling your ankle.
- Mild sprain
- Pain in the ankle
- Tenderness, swelling, and stiffness
- The ankle is still stable and you can walk on it, but with pain
- Bruising may occur in a more serious sprain
- Severe sprain
- Bruising, tenderness
- Weakness, "wobbly" ankle
Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
- Sharp, stabbing pain in the inside part of the bottom of your heel
- Pain in the bottom of the heel, usually worse in the morning and improving throughout the day
- Pain that worsens when climbing stairs or when standing on tiptoe
- Pain after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position
- Pain after, but not usually during, exercise
- Mild swelling in your heel