Overuse injuries occur when too much
stress is placed on your joint or other tissue, often by "overdoing" an
activity or repeating the same activity over and over. Overuse injuries
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis, which is
inflammation of the bursa. This condition causes swelling and tenderness of the
back of the heel and ankle. Pain usually gets worse while you are wearing shoes and during activity, and
it improves during rest.
- Achilles tendinitis or tendinosis (tendinopathy), which is the breakdown of soft tissues in and
around the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel
- Stress fracture, which is a hairline
crack in a bone .
- Plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad, flat
ligament on the bottom of the foot that extends from the front of the heel to
the base of the toes and helps maintain the arch of the foot.
- Metatarsalgia, which is pain in the front (ball) of
Treatment for your toe, foot, or ankle
injury may include first aid measures (such as the application of a brace,
splint, or cast), a special shoe (orthotic device), physical therapy,
medicine, and, in some cases, surgery. Treatment depends on:
- The location, type, and severity of your
- When the injury occurred.
- Your age, your
overall health condition, and your activities (such as work, sports, or
Check your symptoms to decide if and when
you should see a doctor.