Foot Pain

From the earliest days when humans stood upright and walked on two feet, they have experienced foot problems. Fortunately, most foot problems can be easily and successfully treated.

Common Causes of Foot Pain
If you have foot pain that does not get better after a couple of days, it's best to seek medical care. The earlier most foot problems are treated, the better.


The most common reasons for foot pain are:

  • Plantar fasciitis, a form of tendinitis that causes severe heel pain
  • Arthritis, which can cause pain and stiffness in the foot
  • Gout, a disease that causes joint swelling, most often the joint of the big toe
  • Trauma from having the foot hit or crushed
  • Bunion, an abnormal enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe
  • Hammertoe, which is a toe that is permanently flexed downward
  • Heel spur, a bony growth within a tendon or muscle
  • Flatfoot, in which the arch of the foot is too low

Treatment for Foot Pain

Nonsurgical treatments for foot pain include:

  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wearing a cast or splint for a short time
  • Cortisone injections

In some cases, surgery can correct a deformity of the foot, remove a bone spur, or release the tension on a tight tendon that is causing plantar fasciitis.