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If you are not sure what is causing your foot pain or heel pain then try our foot pain symptom checker.
The most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and bruised heel. Plantar fasciitis is very common and involves inflammation of the plantar fascia or arch of the foot. If you have pain on the top of the foot then extensor tendinitis or metatarsal fracture are both common. Ball of foot pain can be Sesmoiditis (pain at the base of the big toe) or Metatarsalgia which is a general term for pain around the joints in the forefoot.
Use the tabs below to view the most common heel pain causes as well as common foot pain causes depending on location. Use the menu on the left to view all foot injuries on site. Or test your knowledge with our heel pain quiz!
Foot pain and injuries can be divided by what area of the foot the pain is felt. Pain in the heel is very common and may be due to plantar fasciitis or a heel spur or bruised heel. Pain in the midfoot is the area between the heel and the ball of the foot. Pain here may be from a plantar fascia strain, tarsal fracture, joint sprain or tendonitis. The forefoot is the area between the ball of the foot and the toes. Pain here may be from conditions such as a morton's neuroma or metatarsalgia. Pain in the toes may be from injuries such as a fracture,bunion, gout or turf toe.
This page includes links to all of our foot injury information, including individual injury and rehabilitation pages, anatomy, exercises, taping and interviews with podiatrist Ian Sadler.
Q: An acute injury is one which:
- A: Comes on gradually
- B: Is rarely painful
- C: Looks nice
- D: Has occured recently and is painful