Many things can cause foot pain. You may feel it in your toes, arch, sole, or heel of your foot. Foot pain may be due to:
Being on your feet for long periods of time
Wearing shoes that fit poorly or do not have much cushioning
Having flat feet (fallen arches)
Walking or doing other sports activities too much
Getting an injury, such as a broken bone, sprain, or stress fracture
Having plantar warts
Having foot problems such as bunions, calluses and corns, or hammer toes
Having conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, nerve problems, circulation problems, or gout that may cause problems with the feet
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Dennis Ogiela, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.