Symptoms and Signs of What Can Cause Foot Pain?

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on What Can Cause Foot Pain?

Foot pain is a sign or symptom of stress or injury to any foot structures in one or both feet. Foot pain signs and symptoms may include redness, warmth and swelling. Foot pain can range from mild to severe. Injury can lead to painful bone fractures, tendon and/or ligament damage and possibly infections. If a person is limping or if the person cannot bear weight on the foot, these actions can be a sign of foot pain.

The two most common causes of foot pain are overuse stress (like running) and direct trauma to the foot (laceration, puncture wound). There are many other potential causes of foot pain; blisters, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis, plantar warts, tendinitis, gout, osteomyelitis, bone fractures, cellulitis, peripheral neuropathy, bone spurs and plantar fasciitis, for example.

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