Most people will have foot pain at some point in their lives. A small number of people are born with foot problems. Others have problems due to poor care.
Normal Anatomy of the Left Foot
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Some common causes of foot pain are:
- Poor-fitting shoes
- High-heeled shoes
- Poor posture
- High impact sports, such as running
Foot pain may also be caused by health problems. Common ones are:
- Arthritis can cause stiffness and limit range of motion.
- Peripheral arterial disease
(PAD) affects causes poor blood flow, swelling, and a risk of infection in the feet.
- Diabetes can cause poor blood flow that leads to changes in sensation, swelling, and a risk of infection.
- Gout is a build up of uric acid crystals in the joints that causes pain and swelling, often in the big toe.
Foot care 101. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.apma.org/files/FileDownloads/myFEETFootCare101.pdf. Accessed May 5, 2020.
Foot complications. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/complications/foot-complications. Accessed May 5, 2020.
Foot pain and problems. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/foot-pain-and-problems. Accessed May 5, 2020.
Last reviewed February 2020 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 4/9/21