What Are Common Foot Problems?

Why do the bottom of my feet hurt all the time?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis can cause intense heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain..

What is the best painkiller for foot pain?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Popular over-the-counter NSAIDs include aspirin (Bayer, Bufferin, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), and naproxen (Aleve). If you are taking an NSAID solely to relieve pain, expect to take a low dosage for a limited amount of time — usually until the pain is gone.

How should I sleep with foot pain?

Elevate Your Legs Using a thick pillow, prop up your legs and feet to keep them elevated while you sleep. You can also use a bed wedge for legs, which will help them stay elevated all night long.

What is the most common cause of foot pain?

Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

How do I know if my foot pain is serious?

Seek immediate medical attention if you:Have severe pain or swelling.Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus.Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C)Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot.More items…

Is pain in your feet a sign of diabetes?

Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in your legs and feet. Depending on the affected nerves, diabetic neuropathy symptoms can range from pain and numbness in your legs and feet to problems with your digestive system, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart. Some people have mild symptoms.

Can foot pain be a sign of heart problems?

While pain in your feet or legs generally does not signal the onset of heart problems, many people aren’t aware of the possibility. Typically, the pain goes away when a person rests, returning only when he or she walks again.

When should I see a podiatrist for foot pain?

If you have any issues that involve the foot and or ankle—a sports injury, arthritis/joint pain, skin problems, etc. —a visit to the podiatrist is your best bet. A podiatrist is a specialist who manages and treats almost all symptoms that involve the ankle and/or the foot.

What do you do when the side of your foot hurts?

A person can relieve mild lateral foot pain fairly quickly by following the RICE method:Rest the foot.Ice the foot for regular periods of 20 minutes each.Compress the foot with an elastic bandage.Elevate the foot above heart level.

What are common foot problems in older adults?

Age-related fat pad atrophy, bony deformities such as hallux valgus (bunions) and hammer, claw and mallet toe, Morton’s neuroma, toe nail disorders and arthritis are common foot problems in older people.

What is a Morton’s toe?

Morton’s toe, or Morton’s foot, describes the condition where your second toe looks longer than your big toe. It’s very common: Some people just have it and others don’t. In some people, Morton’s toe may increase the chances of calluses forming on the sole of your foot and some other foot pains.