Feet | Podiatry - Podiatric Medicine | Foot Pain (Symptom)
A person with foot pain has discomfort in the foot below the ankle. Pain may be caused by inflammation, infection, arthritis, or foot injury. Symptoms that may occur with foot pain include skin redness, skin swelling, foot swelling, foot bruising, foot tenderness, foot stiffness, foot weakness, foot or toe numbness, and difficulty walking.
Foot pain may be caused by many different conditions or injuries. Acute or repeated trauma, disease, or a combination are the most common causes of foot pain. Trauma is a result of forces outside of the body either directly impacting the body or forcing the body into a position where a single or combination of forces result in damage to the structures of the body. Poor biomechanical alignment may lead to foot pain. Wearing shoes that are too tight or high heels can cause pain around the balls of the feet and the bones in that area. Shoes that are tied too tightly may cause pain and bruising on the top of the foot.
Sprains, strains, bruises, and fractures may be the result of a single or combination of stresses to the foot.