What’s causing your foot pain?

Few things are worse than waking up with foot pain – especially when you aren’t sure where it came from. Before you can treat foot pain, it is important to understand its cause. Visiting your podiatrist or orthopedic specialist is your best bet for determining what’s causing your pain. However, there are a few common problems that might be worth mentioning to them when you visit and might be behind your sudden discomfort.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is perhaps the most common cause of pain in the feet. It is caused by irritation or injury to the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. This tissue is called the plantar fascia, and discomfort from it will cause pain more commonly in the morning and with strenuous exercise.

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis

The posterior tibial tendon runs down the inner, lower leg. It supports the natural arch of the foot. Irritation or injury of this tendon doesn’t just result in pain. It can cause flat feet, and even prevent normal mobility.


The bones in the so-called ball of the foot are called the metatarsals. Metatarsalgia is so named because it is a discomfort felt in this part of the foot. It is caused by prolonged stress on the bones in this region, which causes swelling and pain over time.

Turf Toe

Turf toe may sound funny, but it is no fun to experience. It is the name given to a sprain at the base of the largest toe. This pain is named for the common cause of misplaced kicks in athletics like soccer and football. A tear in the ligaments supporting the toe cause pain when walking and putting weight on the foot.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome may sound familiar if you have ever heard of “carpal tunnel syndrome”. It is similar in concept; it occurs when the primary nerve running into the foot is compressed, either by tissue or bone. This causes burning, tingling, or shooting pain throughout the foot, similar to the discomfort caused by carpal tunnel syndrome in the hands.

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