Want To Beat Foot Pain?

Written By: Chloe Wilson - BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy
Reviewed By: FPE Medical Review Board

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. But where should you start? 


Foot Pain Diagnosis: Find out what is causing your pain and how to treat it

Diagnosis By Pain Location 
e.g. top of foot, heel, arches


Foot Pain Symptoms: Find out about common foot symptoms e.g. burning & swelling and how to treat them

Common Foot Symptoms
e.g. burning pain, swelling, numbness


Common Causes of Foot Pain: Find out everything you need to know about common foot conditions and injuries and how to treat them

Conditions & Injuries
e.g. sprains, tendonitis, bone spurs


Top Treatments For Foot Pain: Find out how to beat foot and ankle pain and which treatments work best

Best Ways To Reduce Foot Pain
e.g. PRICE, orthotics, injections


Foot & Ankle Exercises: Learn how to improve strength, stability and flexibility in the foot and ankle with exercises

Foot, Ankle & Calf Exercises
e.g. stretches, strengthening, balance


Foot Anatomy: Find out about the different structures of the foot including ligaments, bones & muscles

Foot & Ankle Structures
e.g. bones, muscles, ligaments

Take Back Control

I have helped countless people beat foot and ankle pain, having worked as a physiotherapist (PT) for over 10 years. The key is to understand what is wrong, why it is causing pain, how to treat it and how to stop it from coming back. 

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.

When Is Foot Pain Serious?

Most cases of foot pain will settle down with simple treatment, but sometimes it’s worth discussing things with your doctor.

See Your Regular Doctor If:

  • You have moderate foot pain
  • The pain is there all the time
  • Your foot symptoms have suddenly got worse
  • You have a high temperature with your foot pain
  • You notice that your lymph nodes are swollen e.g. in the neck or groin as this can be a sign of an infection
  • There is no improvement in your symptoms after a week
  • You have a medical condition that affects your circulation e.g. diabetes

Seek Urgent Medical Attention If:

  • You have severe foot pain
  • You heard a cracking or popping noise when you injured your foot
  • There is severe foot swelling and bruising
  • Your foot looks an awkward shape
  • You are unable to bear weight on your foot
  • You notice any changes in your bladder or bowel
  • You lose sensation in one or both feet

Please be aware that all the information on foot-pain-explored.com is intended for general education purposes only. 

Nothing that you read on this site should delay you from seeking professional medical advice or substitute any advice, diagnosis or treatment that you have been given or recommended by your health professional - please see our terms and conditions before proceeding.  

If your pain is further up the leg, visit our sister site on knee pain.

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Page Last Updated: 25/06/19
Next Review Due: 25/06/21

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