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Foot pain causes

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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

References

Abu-Laban RB, Rose NGW. Ankle and foot. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2014:chap 58.

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.

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Review Date: 11/25/2014
Reviewed By: Dennis Ogiela, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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