Causes Of Foot Pain
Common and Little Known
Causes Of Foot Pain

Causes Of Foot pain – A Holistic Approach:
Common and Little Known
Causes of Foot Pain
What does a Broken Foot Feel Like
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There are many causes of foot pain.  They can be local to the foot or expansive involving an entire body system.  Most
people only consider the most obvious causes of foot pain like an ingrown nail or a fracture.  However, since we are a
holistic provider of foot care for general wellness, we approach the causes of foot pain more comprehensively.

In fact, causes of foot pain may involve any of your body systems.  The main body systems involved in the causes of foot
pain include:

1. The Nervous System involving your Brain and Nerves
2. The Cardiovascular system involving your heart and blood vessels
3. The respiratory system involving your lungs and air ways
4. The Renal system involving your kidneys
5. The Gastrointestinal system involving your digestive organs
6. The Musculoskeletal system involving your bones, tendons and joints (the most common)
7.  Your Integument system involving your skin

Since any of your body systems can contribute to or be one of the causes of foot pain; foot pain can also tell you a lot
about your body systems.  This is why an exam with a holistic podiatric physician can be so valuable.  With a holistic
approach, you can not only find and eliminate your causes of foot pain in most cases; but you can find out about your
general health through your body systems as well.
If Problems with Body System Health Can Help Cause Foot Pain
Foot Pain Can Help Reveal Problems with Body System Health
Foot Pain:
Pain or discomfort can be felt anywhere
in the foot,including the heel, toes, arch,
instep, sole, or ankles.
See Our Common and Little Known
Causes of foot pain,

Categorized By Body System – A Holistic Approach:

Neurotransmitter Imbalance
Neurotransmitters are special chemicals in the brain and nervous system that send messages for body
function, mood, and the perception of pain. Disruption or imbalances in neurtranmitter function can be one of
the causes of foot pain.

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints,
muscles and tendons.  Often the pain of fibromyalgia starts in the foot or leg.

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg or foot. It is usually caused by injury to or
compression of a nerve root.

Nerve Entrapment Syndrome
Nerve entrapment syndrome occurs when a nerve is trapped or compressed by a joint, tendon, bone, or body
tissue.  It can be commonly seen after mild trauma, weight gain, or an improper walking or running pattern.


PAD or PVD Peripheral Arterial or Vascular Disease
PAD or its more general term PVD involves poor circulation or a blockage in the arteries of the leg or foot.  This
blockage or diminished circulation starves the leg and foot muscles or oxygen to cause pain.

Thrombophlebitis involves poor circulation or blockage of a vein in the leg or foot.  Broken valves in the veins of
the leg or foot can also be one of the causes of foot pain.  This condition can be aggravated by pregnancy,
birth control pills, smoking, or a sedentary job or lifestyle.

Heart failure
Heart failure or other heart trouble happens when the heart is not beating or functioning properly.  The
disruption in blood flow and circulation can cause foot pain.


Sometimes lung cancer can cause foot pain


Kidney Stones
kidney stones are solid masess made up of tiny crystals from certain chemicals in the body.  The chemicals
that make up the kidney stones are the same ones that act as causes of foot pain.

Kidney Failure and Kidney Disease
The kidneys are responsible filtering the blood and maintaining fluid balance.  When the kidneys are not
functioning properly, foot and leg pain can occur.


Plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement.

Is a bump on the inside of your foot near the big toe.  Many times, the big toe points toward the second toe.

Ingrown toenail
An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows down and into the skin of the toe.

Pes planus
Pes planus is also known as a flat foot, or a foot with little or no arch.  In this condition the arch or instep of the
foot collapses and comes in contact with the ground.

Hammer toe
Hammer toe is a deformity of the toe, in which the end of the toe is bent downward.

Tendonitis is inflammation, irritation, and swelling of a tendon, which is the fibrous structure that joins muscle
to bone.  The tendons are responsible for joint movement.

Bursitis is inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a
tendon and bone.  A bursa acts as a cushion or pillow between the tendon and the bone or skin.

Broken bone
If more pressure is put on a bone than it can stand, it will split or break. A break of any size is called a fracture.

Sprains & Strains
Sprain refers to damage or tearing of ligaments or a joint capsule. Strain refers to damage or tearing of a
tendon or muscle.

Gout is a type of arthritis that occurs when uric acid builds up in the joints. Gouty arthritis is a painful condition
that causes foot pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding
tissues.  Although known for its disfigurement of the hands, it is equally problematic and painful in the feet.

An ulcer is an open wound or other disruption in the skin.  Ulcers compromise the protection the body has
from the environment.  Ulcers can be direct causes of foot pain, or indirect from some other disease or means.

A rash is a change in the skins color, appearance, or texture.  A rash may be flat or raised.  Although some
rashes cause itching, many cause pain.

A hyperkeratosis  is a thickening of the outer layer of the skin.  Usually, the thickening is excessive and is one
of the common causes of foot pain.

Anorexia is a life-threatening eating disorder that is characterized by self-starvation and excessive weight loss.
 The starvation state and excessive weight loss can cause foot pain.

Malnutrition from a poor diet, lack of absorption of nutrients, or eating the wrong combination of nutrients can
all cause foot pain.

Vitamin Deficiency
Vitamin deficiency can cause foot pain.

Excessive Weight Loss or Gain
Poor management of body weight can cause foot pain.