Musculoskeletal causes of foot pain

Musculoskeletal (MSK) causes:

Human foot anatomy cutaway representation, showing skin, veins and arterias, muscles, bones. With clipping path included.

There are many reasons why people develop pain in their feet. Often pain may be caused by a more superficial problem in the layers of the skin, like a corn or a verruca; however, sometimes it can occur because of an internal condition effecting the structures inside of the foot. These may include the following:

  • Morton’s neuroma (sharp, burning pain in the front of the foot, with pins and needles into the toes)
  • Stress fracture (sudden, sharp pain in the region of the metatarsal bones)
  • Bursitis (pain under the ball of the foot)
  • Heel pain (heel spur)
  • Tarsal coalition (pain over the top of the foot and under the ankle)
  • Cuboid dysfunction (pain on the outside of the foot)

Please note that this is only a brief list of some of the possible causes of foot pain. The signs and symptoms will also often vary from person to person. This is why it is important to have your feet examined by a podiatrist who can carry out a thorough musculoskeletal assessment to deferentially diagnose the cause of the pain.


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