Symptoms of Ankle & Foot Pain
- Dull aches
- Pain at the outer edges of the foot, heel, ball, toe, or other areas
- Inability to move the ankles
- Loss of flexibility at the ankles
- Discomfort during movements
- Loss of mobility
Common Ankle & Foot Conditions
Achilles tendinitis is a type of ankle injury common amongst runners and athletes. It occurs due to the overuse of the large Achilles tendon. People with this condition will experience pain just above the heel or on the back of the legs.
Stress fractures, as the name suggests, are fractures (small cracks) in the bones of the feet and ankles. Stress fractures are particularly common amongst individuals participating in tennis, basketball, running, and other sports that place immense stress on the feet. The fractures usually occur when the muscles can’t absorb the repeated impact.
Ankle sprains occur due to ankle ligament damages, which usually happens when you twist your foot. Ankle sprains take two forms — inversion ankle sprains and eversion ankle sprains. Inversion ankle sprains are caused by outer ligament damages when you twist the foot inwards. Eversion ankle sprains are caused by inner ligament damages when you twist the foot outwards.
Plantar fasciitis is especially common amongst runners. It generally occurs when the band of tissues supporting the arch of the foot sustains excessive stress, leading to stabbing pains in the foot and heel. The pain is usually at its worst in the morning and gradually improves over the day.