What is Foot Pain
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
Foot Pain Definition
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones, 33 joints, and 126 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Only a small percentage of Americans are born with foot problems. Most problems are due to neglect and improper care, including ill-fitting shoes. With age, changes occur in the feet. Some disorders begin early in life and are affected by heredity, gait patterns, and terrain. About 75% of Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives.
© 2009 Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.
Common causes of foot pain include:
- Poor-fitting shoes
- High-heeled shoes
- Poor posture
- High impact exercise (eg, running)
- Poor balance
Foot pain may also be caused by systemic disease. For example:
- Arthritis ( Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis )-Arthritis can cause stiffness and reduced range of motion.
- Peripheral Vascular Disease -This condition affects the legs and feet by causing reduced circulation, swelling, and increased risk of infection.
- Diabetes -A common complication of diabetes is reduced circulation, which causes a number of problems in the legs and feet including abnormal sensation, swelling, and increased risk of infection.
- Gout -Gout may cause pain and swelling in the great toe.
For descriptions of many common types of foot pain, click here.