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Your Pain in Both Feet May Also be Known as:
Bilateral foot pain
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Top 10 Pain in Both Feet Causes

  1. 1.Chemotherapy - Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

    Chemotherapy has many effects on the body. Some types of chemotherapy can cause irritation of the nerves in ones hands and feet, resulting in symptoms like pain, numbness or tingling.

    You should discuss your symptoms with your oncologist.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    distal numbness, muscle aches, pain in both hands, numbness, pain in both feet
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chronic Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy

    Nerve damage in the limbs can be caused by diabetes, toxic substances, immune system issues and low vitamin levels. However, in about one of every four cases no cause can be found and then the condition is called 'idiopathic'. Symptoms of nerve damage can be (burning) pain sensations, numbness, tingling and weakness in hands, feet or lower legs.

    You should visit your physician to discuss your symptoms. A referral to a neurologist might be needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    muscle aches, distal numbness, joint stiffness, numbness on both sides of body, loss of muscle mass
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Calcaneus Fracture

    The calcaneus (heel bone) can be fractured during high-energy collision, such as a fall from height or a motor vehicle crash. Heel bone fractures are often severe, and may result in long-term problems.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an urgent care clinic or ER. A doctor will confirm the diagnosis with an X-Ray. This condition can be treated non-surgically with a cast. However, if the bones have shifted out of place, surgery may be needed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    swollen ankle, swelling of both feet, pain in one foot, severe foot pain, pain in both feet
    Symptoms that always occur with calcaneus fracture:
    inability to bear weight immediately after injury, foot pain from an injury, severe foot pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Morton Neuroma

    Morton neuroma is nerve damage between the 2nd and 3rd toes, often found in women who run or wear tight high heels.

    You can try to make things better simply by changing your footwear like adopting orthotics, for example. Go to the doctor for further workup, however, if that doesn't work. There, your doctor will perform a physical exam and maybe take an MRI. Treatment for tougher cases include injections of corticosteroids. Surgery is a last resort but works well.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, pain in the sole of the foot, pain in both feet, pain when touching the foot, pain in the outside of the foot
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Sever Disease

    Sever's Disease is inflammation of the heel in children due to overuse (typically due to sports). It's caused by the long bones growing faster than the muscles/tendons, creating tension in the Achilles tendon.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. It typically goes away with rest from activity for a bit with a gradual increase back to the previous level. Ice, heal lifts, stretching, and physical therapy are all effective. NSAIDs (Ibuprofen) also works.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    heel pain, pain in both feet, spontaneous ankle pain, difficulty moving the ankle
    Symptoms that always occur with sever disease:
    heel pain
    Symptoms that never occur with sever disease:
    cut on the foot
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  6. 6.Charcot Arthropathy of the Foot

    Charcot Arthropathy of the foot is a syndrome where patients with numbness of their feet, which can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions such as diabetes, develop weakening of the bones in the foot and ankle. Thus they may have fractures and dislocations of the bones and joints that occur with little trauma.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will likely coordinate care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Treatment usually involves a protective split, walking brace, or cast.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, painful foot swelling, constant foot swelling, pain in one foot, warm red foot swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the foot:
    warm red foot swelling, constant foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Pes Cavus

    Pes cavus is a high arch of the foot that does not flatten with weight bearing. This foot type can cause pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician if you are experiencing a lot of foot pain. Surgical treatment is only used when there is severe pain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, fatigue, high-arched feet, cold feet, foot pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with pes cavus:
    high-arched feet
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Kohler Bone Disease

    This is a rare disease of unknown cause. In Kohler disease, the navicular bone (one of the bones of the foot near the ankle) loses its blood supply. The living tissues of this bone die due to lack of oxygen and nutrients.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis with an X-Ray. Usually no treatment is needed, however. A weight-bearing cast may improve symptoms, so it is recommended for you to use one for 6-7 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the top of the foot, swelling of the top of the foot, pain in the inside of the foot, limping
    Symptoms that always occur with kohler bone disease:
    spontaneous foot pain
    Symptoms that never occur with kohler bone disease:
    fever, foot pain from an injury, warm red foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Fibular Stress Fracture

    The fibula is the smaller shin bone which lies on the outer part of the lower leg. With excessive, repeated stress, a small fracture (called a stress fracture) can occur.

    You need to get your injury checked by a physician, sometimes a MRI scan is needed to confirm the diagnosis. It may be helpful to consult with a physical therapist as well. The treatment for a stress fracture involves avoiding repeated stress on the leg, which means cutting down on high-intensity activity. Exercise that puts less repeated stress on the leg, such as cycling or swimming, is recommended.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, shin pain, lower leg numbness, pain in the outside of the shin, pain in one shin
    Symptoms that always occur with fibular stress fracture:
    pain in the outside of the shin, pain in one shin
    Symptoms that never occur with fibular stress fracture:
    pain in both feet, pain in one foot, pain in the inside of the shin, swelling in both shins
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Ingrown Toenail

    Ingrown toenails are a common condition. This occurs when the nail grows into the soft skin of the toe, causing pain, redness, swelling, and in rare cases, infection.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Soak the foot for 15 to 20 minutes at least three times a day. After the soak, place cotton or dental floss under the nail to guide it to grow above rather than into the skin. If infection is suspected, an over the counter antibiotic cream should be applied.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    toe pain, big toe pain, toenail pain, swollen toes, swelling of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th toe
    Symptoms that always occur with ingrown toenail:
    ingrown nail, toe pain
    Symptoms that never occur with ingrown toenail:
    pain between the 2nd and 3rd toe, pain in both feet, pain in the front half of the foot, heel pain, pain in the middle of the foot, foot pain that shoots to the toes, pain in one foot, pain in the outside of the foot
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in Both Feet

  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your foot pain?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?

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Pain in Both Feet Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in both feet have also experienced:

    • 5% Fatigue
    • 2% Lower Back Pain
    • 2% Lower Leg Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in both feet had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in both feet were most often matched with:

    • 4% Chronic Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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