Foot pain causesCauses of foot pain
Pain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot. You may have pain in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole).
Heel pain is most often the result of overuse. However, it may be caused by an injury. Your heel may become tender or swollen from:Shoes with poor s...
- Being on your feet for long periods of time
- Being overweight
- Wearing shoes that fit poorly or do not have much cushioning
- Having flat feet (fallen arches)
- Walking or doing other sports activities too much
- Getting an injury, such as a broken bone, sprain, or stress fracture
- Having plantar warts
- Having foot problems such as bunions, calluses and corns, or hammer toes
- Having conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, nerve problems, circulation problems, or gout that may cause problems with the feet
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Review Date: 12/10/2016
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.