If you haven't been active for a few months, you may find that foot or ankle pain is standing in the way of your goals to be active.
Many people experience similar pain as they begin new exercise routines, increase intensity of their routine, or extend the duration of training.
Sometimes pain is a sign of more serious problems.
A misstep on the stairs or stepping off the curb can easily cause damage to ankle bone and ligaments.
Sprains occur when the foot or ankle is twisted past its normal range of motion, injuring the supportive ligaments around the ankle bones.
Prevention: Ankle injuries can happen to anyone, but you can reduce your risk by wearing well-fitting shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising daily.
Pain, swelling, and bruising are all signs of stress fractures.
Prevention: Wear supportive shoes while exercising and after exercising.
Heel pain is commonly due to injury or inflammation of a ligament in your foot called the plantar fascia ligament.
The pain is usually on the bottom of your heel and is most intense during the first few steps in the morning or when standing after sitting later in the day.
What to do: With heel pain, early treatment is always best.
If the pain persists, it is time to see a podiatrist.
In some cases, if left untreated, the pain may become persistent and last throughout the entire day.
Wear supportive shoes to support your ligaments and prevent injury.
Foot or ankle pain can derail our best intentions for being active.
Please seek help from a medical professional if pain is keeping you from living a full and active lifestyle.
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