Pain in the bottom of my foot

As there are so many different causes for pain in the bottom of your foot, it would be impossible to go into a lot of detail about each one. This page of our blog is an overview of many of the common causes for foot pain. To find out more about each of the causes, please explore our website further and consult your GP to find a treatment for the cause of your foot pain.

Common causes for foot pain.

There are a lot of conditions and causes for foot pain, some of the most common causes are:

  • Verrucas
  • Strains and sprains
  • Gout
  • Bunions
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Corns, calluses and blisters
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendon issues
  • Arthritis
  • Embedded objects
  • Oedema
  • Cracked or broken bones
  • Diabetic foot problems

Please explore our website to find out more details about all of the conditions mentioned here. Below is a little more information about some of the common causes mentioned above.


Gout is a form of arthritis, it is caused by a build up of a waste product in your joints called uric acid. It can cause sudden bouts of redness, severe pain, warmth and swelling in the affected joints. This can occur even while you are resting and the attacks of pain can last a few days at a time and typically the pain is focused in the big toe.

Blisters, calluses and corns

Corns, blisters and calluses are most commonly caused by ill-fitting shoes that rub on your feet. Things to look out for are; small areas of thick skin (corns), small pockets of fluid (blisters) and rough, hard areas of yellowish skin (calluses).


A lot of episodes of foot stiffness and pain may well indicate a worsening of osteoarthritis. This is most common in older people and it is also the most common form of arthritis in the UK. It is caused by long term wear and tear of tissues in and around joints.

Diabetic foot issues

Diabetes can damage blood vessels in your feet and so the condition can cause a number of rather serious problems in your feet. If you do have diabetes and you do have pain in your feet then make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. They may not be connected but it is best to be on the safe side.

Strains and sprains

Strains and sprains affect the muscles and ligaments in your foot. These can occur if you land awkwardly after a fall, change speed or direction quickly or if you collide with a person or object perhaps when playing sports.

Embedded objects

If you have a pain in the bottom of your foot then have a think about whether you have stepped on anything recently. Splinters and thorns are very hard to spot and they do cause pain. You can normally get these sort of things out yourself but if they are deep, phone the doctors and they can help.

If you think that you may have any of these common causes for pain in the bottom of your foot then please go to your GP. They will be able to recommend the best course of action to take to alleviate your pain.

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