Common Causes of Foot Pain
By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
July 19, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

What could be causing your persistent foot pain?

Whether you noticed pain while shooting hoops with friends, while going on your normal run, or while getting out of bed in the morning, once that pain is there you want to figure out what to do to make it go away and fast. Luckily, our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, is ready to help you find that source so that you can walk easier and without pain.

What causes foot pain?

While there are certainly some conditions that are more common than others, there are so many disorders and conditions that can lead to foot pain that it’s impossible to determine the exact cause just through online research alone. However, figuring out what could be causing your problems could help you determine whether you need to schedule a checkup with our Ridgeland foot doctor or whether you can treat the symptoms all by yourself.

So, what could be causing your foot pain? Well, a lot depends on the location of the pain, so let’s look at that first.

Heel Pain

If you are dealing with heel pain, you may want to thank plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that affects the thick band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs the length of your foot. This is an overuse injury. Of course, other causes of heel pain include:

  • Heel spurs
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stone bruise
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Fractured heel

Arch Pain

If the arches are feeling achy this could actually still be the cause of plantar fasciitis. While pain from the condition is usually concentrated in the heel the pain can still radiate to the arches since the plantar fascia tissue also provides support for the arches of your feet.

Other causes of arch pain include:

  • Fallen arches (also referred to as flat feet)
  • Stress fractures
  • Sprains and bruises
  • Arthritis

Ball-of-the-Foot Pain

If you are dealing with pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot, you could be dealing with a common overuse injury known as metatarsalgia. This is common in runners and other athletes, especially if they don’t wear properly fitted footwear.

Other causes of pain in the ball of the foot include Morton’s neuroma and sesamoiditis.

Toe Pain

There are quite a few conditions that can lead to toe pain. Gout, a type of arthritis, can flare up and lead to severe pain and inflammation of the toe (usually the big toe). Other causes of toe pain include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Claw toe
  • An ingrown toenail

If you are dealing with severe foot pain, or if the pain doesn’t get better with at-home care and maintenance, then it’s time to turn to our Ridgeland, MS, foot specialist to figure out what might be going on so that you can get back on your feet in no time.


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