Pain in the foot can leave you feeling really low. It can stop any daily activity and put an end to any hobbies that you enjoy. It is our job to find the cause of this pain and then recommend the best treatment for you. Our aim with providing this service is to get you back to a level of pain-free fitness where you can continue with all daily tasks and hobbies. One of the most difficult steps in treatment can be finding the cause of the pain. It’s important to locate the cause because without knowing what is causing the pain, it is almost impossible to treat a foot condition. Today’s article is going to look at possible causes and how they feel so you can understand what might be happening in your foot. So, let’s take a look at a few of the causes of foot pain.

Possible causes of your pain

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia, a rubbery ligament that runs from your heel to your toe can become damaged. This will cause stiffness in your foot and pain underneath your foot. This pain can sometimes be concentrated at the heel, but it depends where you have damaged it.

Tendonitis

Tendons join muscle to bone, and when they become inflamed or irritated, it’s called tendonitis. This will cause tenderness at the site and pain that will make it difficult to move your foot.

Sprains and Strains

These are common injuries with walkers and people who play sports. Your ankle will roll inwards or outwards, and you may hear a popping or cracking sound. Your foot and ankle may then swell up. Although most sprains and strains only require rest and icing to heal, you may need to seek medical assistance if you are still in pain after a few weeks.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve starts at the base of your spine, runs through your bum and down each leg into your feet. When it is irritated, it can produce a weakness or numbness in your feet. It will also affect your legs, back and bum.

Bunions

A simple bump on your big toe. A bunion is actually a deformity that makes your big toe lean into your other toes. After a while, this can then push your second toe out of joint. A bunion itself isn’t too painful, but wearing ill-fitting footwear can lead to a large amount of pain, tenderness and redness in the affected area.

Bursitis

A Fluid filled sac found around your joints. They are typically found in areas where skin, muscles and tendons meet the bones. The lubrication they typically add helps to reduce friction, but the sac can actually increase friction and make it rather uncomfortable to move your foot or toes.

Many of the causes of foot pain mentioned in this article are topics that we have covered before on our blog; so you can find more information on here about them. We hope this article has helped you find the possible cause of your foot pain. Don’t forget to have a look at Monday’s article before you leave where you can find out all about stress fractures in your foot, another possible cause of foot pain.