The most severe type of sprain is a third degree sprain because it is the result of a complete rupture of one or more ligaments. It would take a significant force to completely rupture one or more ligaments in the wrist, but it can occur with a fall from a height greater than the athlete (upended basketball player after jumping into the air or a "flyer" falling on an outstretched arm after being tossed into the air). A sprained wrist (play video) is common in athletes competing in sports in which diving, sliding, and falling are a natural part of the sport (baseball, softball, football). Although ball of foot pain is more common in women, it may also affect men. Inflammation and ball of foot pain (metatarsalgia) is a symptom of other conditions – often overuse injuries from high-impact sports or problems from poorly fitting shoes or high heels. Other possible contributors are excess weight, certain toe shapes, and hammertoes and bunions. Aging, being overweight and many other systemic diseases such as diabetes, gout, arthritis all increase the likelihood of foot problems. Generally these systemic (whole body) diseases affect the function and structure (depending on the disease) of the foot This changes the function of the foot and often leads to foot pain Tendons are tissue bands connecting muscle to bones. One such tendon is the Achilles tendon (largest tendon in the body) which connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. This tendon also known as the 'heel cord' that supports the entire body weight and helps raise the heel off the ground, thus facilitating walking. When the Achilles tendon gets inflamed, the condition is called Achillis tendonitis. The person experiences heel pain with every step he or she takes. This condition is commonly observed in runners. When scarring and fibrosis restricts the movement of the Achilles tendon sheath, then the condition is called Achilles tenosynovitis. Symptoms. Most people with flat feet simply feel a general discomfort. Foot pain often begins on the foot 's inner border. Foot misalignment can cause pain in the ankles, back and knees. Bones may collapse over time. The ligaments and tendons that support the foot and ankle must be strong to prevent bone collapse. Otherwise, people may develop ankle sprains and heel spurs. Weakness in ligaments and tendons also contribute to the development of arthritis. Over time, wear and tear affects the tendons in the foot, specifically the Achilles tendon. Those who suffer from Achilles tendonitis liken the foot pain to a sharp smack to the back of the heel. Plantar Fasciitis is a very common condition caused by over-pronation. As the feet flatten, the Plantar Fascia (fibrous band of ligaments under the foot) is being overly stretched, leading to inflammation in the heel, where the fascia attach to the heel bone. Plantar Fasciitis causes chronic heel pain and sometimes a heel spur develops (bony growth at the heel bone). Injection therapy with combination of steroids and local anesthetics may be used to relieve the pain and symptoms caused by the neuroma. Since frequent steroid injection may cause damage to the fat pad found on the bottom of the foot, these injections can only be used in limited quantities. If Boston victims are generally healthy and motivated, and their legs are amputated below the knees, or perhaps even above the knees, "it's possible they could run the marathon a year from now," he said. "It would take a lot of effort, but it's indeed possible with today's technology." The bionic legs he uses cost $60,000 apiece, are hydraulically operated and equipped with microchips and a gyroscope that sense when to relax and stiffen to help him walk. Walter Reed was involved in developing the legs, said Zach Harvey, former prosthetics chief at Walter Reed. I 'd need to say that the anti-inflammatory gel wasn't much help - no matter just how much and exactly how frequently I lathered it on. The orthotics, however, did make an obvious (and welcomed) enhancement to my walk. I then had a sensation that I was on the sluggish but specific road to redemption. Your feet will usually swell the most as you enter and progress through the third trimester because that is when you will weigh the most. Different women will deal with different amounts of swelling, but it can be very uncomfortable at times.