Point tenderness on foot

Point tenderness means a localised sore spot when pressing in on a specific part of the foot. This could be due to simple inflammation or a bruise. Alternatively this can be from an issue with a tendon, ligament or bone.

Point tenderness on palpation can indicate an issue immediately on that area but alternatively from another underlying cause. This could be anywhere on the foot and may be on top of the foot, on the outside of the foot, at the back of the heel or in the forefoot. Injuries that cause this symptom are listed below:
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jones Fracture

    Jones Fracture

    Jones' fracture is a fracture of the 5th metatarsal bone on the outside of the foot at the end of the bone nearest the ankle.

  • Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

    Sinus Tarsi Syndrome

    The sinus tarsi is a small bony canal which runs into the ankle under the talus ankle bone. Damage to the sinus tarsi can be caused from overuse or an ankle sprain.

  • Haglund's Syndrome

    Haglund's Syndrome

    When retrocalcaneus bursitis exists at the same time as Achilles tendonitis in the same leg, this is known as Haglund's Syndrome. We explain the symptoms and possible treatment options available.

  • 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.