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Foot pain causes

Many things can cause foot pain. You may feel it in your toes, arch, sole, or heel of your foot. Foot pain may be due to:

  • 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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References

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LeCursi N. Sports shoes and orthoses. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 115.

Molloy A, Selvan D. Ligamentous injuries of the foot and ankle. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 116.

Review Date 12/10/2016

Updated 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.