Foot pain is a common problem. The foot is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons. Each year we take on average half a million steps, so it’s no wonder that things go wrong.
The good news is that most cases of foot pain will settle with simple treatment at home. I have helped countless people beat foot and ankle pain, having worked as a physiotherapist (PT) for over 10 years.
The key to beating foot pain is to understand what is wrong, why it is causing pain, how to treat it and how to stop it from coming back. But where should you start?
Foot pain diagnosis is the best place to start it you want to beat foot pain, and make sure it doesn't come back again.
Foot pain diagnosis is all about working out:
One of the simplest ways to do this is to start by thinking about where your main area of foot pain is. It may be on the:
In the foot pain diagnosis section we help you work out what is causing your foot pain and then go on to look at the best ways to treat it and make sure it doesn't come back!
Another way to work out what is causing your foot pain is to think about your specific symptoms. Common foot pain symptoms include:
Each of these symptoms may indicate a different foot problem. In the foot pain symptoms section we'll help you work out what is causing your foot pain and the best way to treat it.
There are loads of different things that can cause foot pain and they usually fall in to two categories:
You can find out all about common foot problems, what causes them and how to treat and prevent them in the Common Causes Of Foot Pain section.
Foot pain treatment for most cases of foot and ankle pain can be done at home with a combination of:
But in some cases, there are some extra things that can also help, such as:
You can find out all about these different treatment options and which work best for which foot problems in the Foot Pain Treatment section.
Foot and ankle exercises are a vital part of rehab for virtually all causes of ankle and foot pain.
The foot needs the right combination of strength, length, stability and control to function properly.
Rehab for ankle and foot pain usually benefits massively from a combination of:
You can find a whole range of exercise programs for the different causes of ankle and foot pain, with loads of great advice on how, when and why to do them in the Foot & Ankle Exercises section.
Foot anatomy is extremely complex with over 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons and 33 bones. Everything needs to fit together in the right place and be able to move in the right way for the foot to function properly. If something stops that, not only can it cause ankle and foot pain, it can also lead to knee, hip and back problems.
In the foot and ankle anatomy section you can find out all about the different structures in and around the foot, how they fit together and move and what can go wrong.
Most cases of foot pain will settle down with simple treatment, but sometimes it’s worth discussing things with your doctor.
Each section on foot-pain-explored contains in-depth information on each topic and will guide you through the different aspects of foot and ankle pain. If you can’t find what you are looking for, have a look at our sitemap.
If your pain is further up the leg, please visit our sister site on knee pain.
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Page Last Updated: 02/01/23
Next Review Due: 02/01/25