Sprains pull, twist, or tear the ligaments that connect your bones to each other, often when you fall or get hit. Strains are the same type of damage to the tendons that connect muscles to bone. Aside from the most common spot, the ankle, you can also get them in the middle of your foot, around the arch, or at the base of your big toe. The area may become swollen and bruised, and it’ll probably be hard to walk. Treat it with RICE -- rest, ice, compression, elevation -- for the first 2 days. Talk to your doctor if it still hurts after 2 weeks.