Aching foot

Aching feet or foot can come on gradually over a period of days or weeks. There are some cases where this can occur immediately post exercise due to an injury or issue. It can be a regular occurrence in runners or jumping activities.

The athlete may complain of an aching pain, which may be along the top of the foot and can sometimes radiate up to the shin, an aching pain in the bottom of the foot may feel as if it is originating deeper from the joints or bones in the foot. It may feel like a dull aching pain in the foot. Why is my foot aching? Below we list relevant injuries, which possibly can cause an aching foot:
  • Navicular Stress Fracture

    Navicular Stress Fracture

    A navicular stress fracture is one of the most common stress fractures affecting athletes, especially those in explosive events such as sprinting and jumping.

  • Midtarsal Joint Sprain

    Midtarsal Joint Sprain

    A mid tarsal joint sprain is an injury to the ligaments holding the mid tarsal joint together causing pain in the outside middle of the foot.

  • Metatarsal Stress Fracture

    Metatarsal Stress Fracture

    A metatarsal stress fracture is a fine fracture in one of the long metatarsal bones in the foot. A stress fracture can occur through overuse or poor foot biomechanics.

  • Metatarsalgia


    Metatarsalgia can be a bit of an umbrella term used to cover any forefoot pain, particularly metatarsal pain. Usually the term refers to inflammation which occurs in the joints between the metatarsal bones in the foot and phalanges bones of the toes.

  • Gout


    Gout is a form of arthritis caused by a build up of uric acid within the body which is a waste product of metabolism.

  • Stress Fractures of the Foot

    Stress Fractures of the Foot

    A stress fracture can occur as a result of prolonged repeated loads on the legs. Long distance runners are susceptible to this type of injury. A stress fracture in athletes occurs mainly in the lower leg and foot (in the calcaneus, navicular and metatarsal bones).

  • Lisfrancs Injury

    Lisfrancs Injury

    Lisfranc's injury is a dislocation or fracture in the midfoot area. It is vital this injury is not missed as long term damage can result.

  • Midfoot Pain

    Midfoot pain is concerned with the middle of the foot where the small tarsal bones are located. The most common cause of midfoot pain other than following a sprained ankle is a mid tarsal joint sprain. A stress fracture of the navicular bone is also common and should not be missed. Pain in the midfoot area for more than five days following injury then a Lisfranc joint sprain should be considered.

  • Forefoot Pain

    Forefoot pain often originates from the long metatarsal bones in the foot, down towards the toes as well as pain under the ball of the foot. The more common gradual onset injuries include metatarsal stress fractures, bunions, and Morton's neuroma. Sudden onset or acute injuries result from direct trauma or impact and include fractures and ligament sprains.