Foot pain results from stress, injury, or disease in the bones, joints, ligaments (connect the bones together), muscles, or tendons (connect the muscle to the bones). Common causes of foot pain include injury during sports or physical activity, obesity, and poor-fitting shoes. Injury in the ankles and legs can also cause foot pain.
Pain from foot injury or trauma can affect the toes, balls of the feet (bottom of foot, behind the toes), mid-foot, and heel. Some conditions that cause foot pain include:
- Bunions: bony bump on the joint at the base of your big toe caused by pressure on the big toe or arthritis
- Bursitis: painful inflammation of the heel or big toe caused by pressure or injury
- Cartilage injuries: damage to the tissue that covers the surface of the bone
- Cysts or tumors: sacs filled with air, fluid, or other substances (most are noncancerous, but they can be cancerous)
- Fractures in the toes or foot: broken bones
- Heel spurs: abnormal bone growth
- Infections: can occur in the bones or joints
- Nerve compression, damage, or foot impingement: compression of the bony or soft tissue structures of the ankle during certain activities, such as pointing the toes
- Osteoarthritis: degenerative wear and tear on the joint
- Plantar fasciitis: inflammation of the large band of tissue that covers the bottom of the foot
- Rheumatoid arthritis: a chronic (ongoing) inflammatory joint disorder
- Sprains: due to torn ligaments in the toe or foot
- Tendonitis: abnormal tissue growth or swelling (can be cancerous or noncancerous)
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