Sprained Ankles - The outside or lateral ligament of an ankle is susceptible to tearing of the ligaments or tissue, often due to injuries from landing on or jumping on them. Athletes might get a sprained ankle from quick directional changes, or even a partial tear, rupture or swelling on the ankle’s exterior. This is painful and can make walking difficult.
Calf Strain - When a sudden contraction occurs in the calf muscle it can cause strain in the lower leg, often due to repetition or extreme force. A strain or tear may be minor or major in loss of function. Sharp pain or soreness may be felt at the time of injury; or even bruising and swelling.
Metatarsal Stress Fracture - This is a stress fracture in your metatarsal bone in the foot, which can occur over a period of time due to dancing, sprinting, jumping or running activities. The pain will be felt mostly in the front part of the foot, but can radiate to the back as the swelling increases.
Compartment Syndrome - A tightness or muscle pain in the lower legs, usually due to exercise activities. Athletes may experience compartment syndrome due to overuse of the muscles and can make the patient feel like “walking on pins and needles” in a literal sense. Others might feel a dead weight or numbness in the leg.
Plantar Fasciitis - Repetitive activities can cause inflammation or damage underneath the foot, which occurs when the connective tissue is injured along the inner arch. This is mostly felt in the heel and may make the sufferer feel stiffness, achy, tenderness or swelling at the source.
Morton’s Neuroma - A less common foot problem is when the soft tissue and nerves between the third and fourth metatarsal bones become damaged, resulting in numbness of the forefoot and toes. Or the victim might feel a burning sensation, shooting pain, numbness and sharp pain that radiates into the nearby toes.
Navicular Stress Fracture - Weight bearing exercises can put stress on the mid-foot area at the top of the arch, which can result in a navicular stress fracture. Activities like jogging or running, sprinting, jumping or an injury can cause localized pain that hurts to move, resulting in a limp.
Not sure what type of foot or ankle pain you have? We can evaluate your ankle or foot to determine the source of the pain.