Gradual onset foot pain

Pain which comes on gradually is often known as chronic foot pain. The athlete is unlikely to be able to pinpoint a specific time when the injury happened  and can be due to a variety of reasons.The athlete may have been struggling on with the pain as a niggle for some time. Chronic foot pain can also result from an acute injury, which has failed to heal properly or had the appropriate treatment and rehabilitation.

Sesamoiditis is an injury to the sesamoid bones and surrounding tissue that can be gradual in onset. Due to the bones sitting within the tendon the tendons can also become painful. This can start with an ache and due to the ongoing inflammatory process due to a continued activity or increased activity the pain increases. Stress fracture pain can also be gradual in onset and occur in any of the bones of the foot. The navicular bone with a poor blood supply can be gradual in onset of pain. Also in some cases the 5th metatarsal fractures can occur with gradual onset of foot pain.
  • 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.

  • Extensor Tendonitis

    Extensor Tendonitis

    Extensor tendinitis is inflammation of the extensor tendons which run along the top of the foot and straighten the toes. Pain is felt along the top of the foot.

  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy

    Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy

    The tibialis posterior tendon passes down the back of the leg, inside of the ankle and under the foot. Injury or degeneration of the tendon where it inserts into the foot bones causes pain on the inside of the foot which may radiate along the length of the tendon.

  • Plantar Fascia Strain

    Plantar Fascia Strain

    The plantar fascia or arch ligament is a band that runs from under the heel to the front of the foot. A strain or rupture to this is quite common. A plantar fascia strain might result from one single traumatic incident or may gradually occur over a period of time.

  • Mortons Neuroma

    Mortons Neuroma

    Morton's neuroma or Morton' s syndrome is a condition resulting in pain between the third and forth toes cause by compression of a nerve.

  • 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.

  • Bunion


    A bunion (also known as hallux valgus) is a painful swelling of the soft tissue with bone enlargement over the inside of the big toe. Often the big toe will look as if it is bent in towards the other toes or even can lie across them.

  • 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).

  • Abductor Hallucis Strain

    Abductor Hallucis Strain

    The abductor hallucis muscle lies along the inside of the foot and runs from the heel bone inserting onto the side of the big toe.

  • Cuboid Syndrome

    Cuboid Syndrome

    Cuboid syndrome occurs when the peroneus longus muscle in the lower leg applies excess traction onto the cuboid bone causing it to partially dislocate. The injury is often occurs in conjunction with peroneal tendonitis.

  • Tarsal Coalition

    Tarsal Coalition

    Tarsal coalition is a  fusion or sticking together of the tarsal bones in the foot. The tarsals are 7 bones located at the back of the foot. It is a congenital disease meaning you are born with it.

  • Sesamoiditis


    Sesamoiditis is an inflammatory condition affecting the sesamoid bones of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint causing pain in the forefoot, particularly on weight bearing.

  • 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.