Foot and Ankle
A sprained ankle is a common injury. Sometimes, all it takes to sprain your ankle is a roll, twist or turn of your ankle in an awkward way. This unnatural movement can stretch or tear the ligaments that help hold your ankle together.
- Pain, especially when you bear weight on it
- Swelling and, sometimes, bruising
- Restricted range of motion
Some people hear or feel a "pop" at the time of injury.
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.
In most cases, the pain associated with plantar fasciitis:
- Develops gradually
- Affects just one foot, although it can occur in both feet at the same time
- Is triggered by - and is worst with - the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seated position
- Feels like a stab in the heel of your foot