People often can not enjoy an active lifestyle due to foot pain. Some foot pain is temporary; however, some become chronic. As such, it is important to know how to handle foot pain and treatment options.

What is Foot Pain?

The human foot is a complex body part made of 26 bones joined via several muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. The foot bearing the entire body weight is often prone to various stresses that affect them and causes foot problems, restricting a person’s mobility.

What are the causes of foot pain?

People often complain of foot pain due to several reasons, such as:

  • Lifestyle choices

A major cause of foot injury happens due to wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. For example, a pair of ill-fitted shoes fail to provide proper support to the feet and may cause irritation, soreness, and inflammation to the foot joints and skin. Wearing high-heeled shoes for a longer period can also result in foot pain. 

Athletes or people who are into high-impact exercises, like running, aerobics, jogging, etc., can also suffer from foot pain due to injuries sustained from these activities.

  • Medical issues

People can also suffer from foot pain due to several medical issues, like:

  1. Arthritis
  2. Diabetes mellitus
  3. Foot ulcers or sores
  4. Clogged or hardened arteries in the legs and feet

The following health conditions can also cause foot pain.

  1. Obesity
  2. Pregnancy
  3. Foot injuries like tendinitis, fracture, or a sprain
  4. Ingrown toenails
  5. Corns
  6. Calluses
  7. Gout
  8. Bunions
  9. Warts
  10. Plantar fasciitis
  11. Morton’s neuroma
  12. Hammer’s toes
  13. Athlete’s foot
  14. Haglund’s deformity
When to consult a doctor if someone has foot pain?

People suffering from chronic foot pain often show different signs.

Symptoms of foot pain

  1. Sudden and acute pain
  2. An injury
  3. Unable to stand or walk properly after an injury
  4. Many health conditions restrict blood flow to the foot and cause pain
  5. Open wound
  6. Discolouration or inflammation of feet along with foot pain
  7. Unusual fever along with foot pain

If a person is suffering from any of the above-mentioned situations, they should consult a physician immediately.

What are the risk factors that may cause foot pain?

According to experts, the following risk factors may cause foot pain: 

  1. Walking barefoot
  2. Weak foot muscles
  3. Flat feet
  4. Have very high arches
What are the different types of foot pain?

According to physicians, foot pain can occur in different areas of the foot, causing several foot problems. Like:

  1. Plantar fasciitis
  2. Bunions
  3. Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  4. Posterior tibial tendonitis
  5. Metatarsalgia
  6. Morton’s neuroma
What is the most common foot pain?

Arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is one of the most common causes of foot and ankle pain.

What are treatment options for foot pain?

Depending on the cause and severity of the foot pain, the following treatment options can be used:

  1. Application of ice on the affected area
  2. Use of pain medications
  3. Use of foot pads
  4. Ample rest and positioning of affected foot in an elevated angle
  5. Stretching
  6. Postural support
  7. Physical therapy
  8. Use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)

Chronic foot pain can lower the quality of life. Consultation with physicians is highly advisable for foot pain-related diagnosis and treatment without delay. The Yashoda Group of Hospitals provides high-quality healthcare services in diverse specialities.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Foot Pain

It feels like a tingling and burning sensation with pain.

Foot pain, caused by plantar fasciitis, can be reduced by compression socks that help improve blood flow and reduce inflammation.

If the sciatic nerve's S1 spinal nerve root gets affected, it can cause pain and difficulty standing, walking, or driving.

  • Elevation of feet to relieve pressure and swelling
  • Use of soft and comfortable shoes
  • Use of seamless socks for better circulation
  • Stretching of legs frequently

Studies confirm that fibromyalgia can cause significant pain in the foot and ankle.

Yes. Three types of vitamin deficiencies can cause foot pain.

  • Vitamin B-1
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin B-12

The medical term for foot pain is Plantar fasciitis which causes heel pain.

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