Your foot is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Strong enough to bear your body weight, your foot can be prone to injury and pain.
Foot pain can affect any part of your foot, from your toes to your Achilles tendon at the back of your heel.
Although mild foot pain often responds well to home treatments, it can take time to resolve. Severe foot pain should be evaluated by your doctor, especially if it follows an injury.
Injury, overuse, or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).
Some common causes of foot pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
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- Bone spurs
- Broken ankle/broken foot
- Broken toe
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Hammertoe and mallet toe
- High heels or poorly fitting shoes
- Ingrown toenails
- Morton's neuroma
- Paget's disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Plantar fasciitis
- Plantar warts
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Septic arthritis
- Stress fractures
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.