Foot Pain, Pain on Top of the Foot & Pain on the Bottom of the Foot

Foot pain, pain on top of the foot and pain on the bottom of the foot can be very painful and be accompanied by swelling. The foot—forefoot, midfoot, and hindfoot—is the part of the body upon which the entire body stands or moves. The forefoot consists of five longer bones and five toes, the midfoot contains bones that form the arches of the foot, and the hindfoot contains the heel and junction to the ankle. By virtue of the weight and pressure placed on the feet over a lifetime, it is not uncommon for foot aches and pains to occur.

Foot Pain Symptoms

  • Ache or pain
  • Heel, arch, or toe pain
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Inflammation of heel or ball of foot
  • Deep bruise, blisters, or sores
  • Infection
  • Burning, stinging, or electrical pain
  • Numbness or nerve sensations

Foot Pain Causes

  • Accident, injury, or fall
  • Fracture
  • Strenuous activity
  • Flat feet (fallen arches)
  • Gout
  • Bunion (bony bulge next to the big toe)
  • Tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spurs—mostly in the heel or toes
  • Nerve condition caused by thickening of tissue around the nerves
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Diabetic neuropathy

Foot Pain Treatment & Foot Pain Relief - When to See a Doctor

Rest, ice, and elevation are standard forms of treatment for foot pain, along with over-the-counter pain medications. Persistent foot pain should be evaluated by a physician who may recommend other remedies or further diagnosis or treatment. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Your pain is the result of an accident or injury.
  • Your pain is severe or intolerable.
  • A fracture or dislocation is visible.