Common Causes of Foot Pain

Learn what’s causing foot pain

  • There are many different causes of foot pain—including plantar fasciitis, bunions, arthritis, and tarsal tunnel syndrome—each of which requires different treatments to either correct or manage them. Some of these conditions affect the bones and joints of the feet, while others involve nerves and connective tissues (like ligaments and tendons).

• The treatment of foot pain could involve anything from physical therapy and foot orthotics to medications and foot surgery. Diagnosing the cause by a specialist like a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon is the first step toward resolving your pain.

This article discusses the nine most common causes of foot pain, and how these conditions are treated and prevented.

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Causes of Foot Pain

Different conditions cause pain in different parts of your foot. The location of the pain is arguably the first step in pinpointing the cause.

Here is an example of what your healthcare provider might consider based on the location of your foot pain:

 Location Cause
Bottom of the footPlantar fasciitis
Arch of the footPosterior tibial tendonitis
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Ball of the foot/base of the toesMetatarsalgia
Morton’s neuroma
Turf toe

Plantar Fasciitis…

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Article submitted to MSRN by Pat France, MSRN MEMBER