Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Common Causes of Foot Pain

Your feet are remarkable, having carried you around an incredible 75,000 miles by the age of 50. However, they can develop wear-and-tear issues, leading to discomfort. Four common causes of foot pain are bunions, Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, and toenail fungus. Bunions are painful deformities often resulting from the misalignment of bones in the big toe. Causes include wearing narrow shoes, hereditary predisposition, or flat feet. Morton's neuroma is a pinched nerve condition that causes discomfort in the ball of the foot, between the third and fourth toes. It can be worsened by tight shoes and is often linked to other foot problems. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament running from the heel bone to the base of the toes becomes inflamed, causing heel pain. Risk factors include high or low arches, obesity, tight Achilles tendons, and improper footwear. Toenail fungus can lead to nail deformities. Risk factors include sweaty feet, tight shoes, and exposure to fungus in public showers or pools. For help with any of the above foot pain issues, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who is medically trained to deal with them effectively.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Michael Tomey, DPM  from Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Foot Pain

Connect With Us