Sudden onset foot pain

Foot pain which comes on suddenly, usually from a traumatic impact, twisting or sprain. Also known as acute foot pain. Acute foot pain can occur from fractures to any of the bones in the midfoot, forefoot or heel as well as the toes.

Sometimes acute injuries can occur from a chronic problem. Ligament injuries also occur and Lisfrancs injury should not be missed due to the seriousness of this injury. Sudden onset pain can also occur due to soft tissue injuries around the foot and heel. Injuries that cause sudden onset foot pain are listed below:
  • Calcaneal Fracture

    Calcaneal Fracture

    A broken heel or fractured calcaneus bone is usually caused by falling or jumping from a height resulting in severe heel pain. It can also occur from road accidents or bike accidents. It is also possible for the calcaneus or heel bone to suffer a stress fracture in athletes such as long-distance runners which may come on more gradually.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Peroneus Brevis Tendon Injury

    Peroneus Brevis Tendon Injury

    The Peroneus Brevis tendon inserts into the 5th matatarsal bone on the outside of the foot. A strain or rupture of the tendon can occur at the point of insertion.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Turf Toe

    Turf Toe

    Turf toe can occur after a very vigorous upward bending of the big toe causing a sprain to the ligaments under base of the big or great toe.

  • 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.

  • 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.