Swollen feet

Why is my foot swollen? Feet swelling up can be caused by a sudden traumatic foot injury, through overuse or some other medical condition such as Gout. In some instances the feet can be swollen due to a severe fracture or multi joint injury.



Feet can also be swollen due to an issue from an injury higher up (eg calf) where the swelling drains down to the foot. Also feet can become swollen following surgery to the knee joint, flights and when not being moved appropriately to help circulation. The whole foot may be swollen, top of foot swollen, outside of foot swollen or swollen toes. See below for injuries and conditions that have the symptom of swelling in the feet.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sesamoiditis


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

  • 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.

  • 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.