Foot Pain

  • Author:
    Philip A. Radovic, DPM, FACFAS

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Signs

Plantar fasciitis causes pain and tenderness of the bottom of the foot. The tenderness is usually toward the heel, but the entire sole of the foot can be affected. A sign of abnormal tension or tightness that can lead to plantar fasciitis is a bony prominence (heel spur) that develops where the inflamed plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone (calcaneus).

Quick GuideCommon Causes of Foot Pain

Common Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain facts

  • The foot is a complex anatomical structure that may be affected by disease within the body or the foot itself.
  • The arches of foot are the primary structures that control the amount of ground force transmitted into the body.
  • When pain due to foot pain interferes with your normal activities, you should seek medical advice.
  • Treatment of foot pain will depend on the cause of the pain and may involve medication, strengthening, stretching, and possibly the use of and physical therapy. Continue Reading
Reviewed on 1/8/2016

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