Pain in the foot when walking

If you have a pain in your foot when you are walking then I am sure you already know that it can be caused by a lot of different things. It would be impossible for us to cover everything that could cause foot pain while walking in one article, so we are going to give you a few examples of the possible cause of your pain.

As always, we strongly recommend making an appointment with your GP or going straight to a specialist with your pain for a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Failing to do so may result in more problems and a longer recovery time. Do not put off getting your pain seen to either, foot pain is often caused by something you do on a daily basis (like walking) and so it won’t get better until you find out what is causing it. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the common conditions that result in pain when you are walking.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects a band of tissue that runs underneath your foot from the heel to the ball called the plantar fascia. This tissue helps with arch support and acts as a shock absorber. If the tissue is strained then small tears can develop and the tissue reacts to these by stiffening up.

If you feel pain in your foot in the morning that eases as you get going with your day, you may have plantar fasciitis. If you leave the condition untreated then a calcium build up can occur which will then cause a heel spur to form on your heel and cause you more pain. You can use stretches to relieve the stiffness in your plantar fascia which will help with healing and the pain.


A bunion is something that develops when the bones in a joint become misaligned. This action causes a painful swelling which is known as a bunion. If you have low arches, flat feet or arthritis in your feet, you are more likely to get a bunion at some point in your life.

You may need surgery to have a bunion removed, but buying wider shoes can help to alleviate some of the pain that you are in. you can also try icing your foot for about 20 minutes after walking to numb the area.

Morton’s Neuroma

This condition will cause a pain between your toes or in the ball of your foot. It can feel as though you are treading on a marble and this is because the tissue surrounding a nerve in your toes thickens. It can cause pain, numbness and tingling and is far more common in women than men. Treatments for Morton’s Neuroma range from new shoes to surgery so we highly recommend going to a specialist if you think that you have this condition.

As we said above, these are just a few of the most common causes of pain while walking. Please take a look around our website to find out more about other common foot conditions and what treatments are available for them.

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