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Your Pain in One Foot May Also be Known as:
Left foot pain
One foot hurts
Painful left foot
Painful right foot
Right foot pain
Unilateral foot pain

Top 10 Pain in One Foot Causes

  1. 1.Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. This is a common problem in runners, people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support. When the thick band of tissue (fascia) becomes inflamed, it can cause heel pain.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own with over-the-counter pain killers (Advil, Motrin), as well as shoe inserts (orthotics) to help distribute pressure to the feet more evenly. If pain does not begin to subside, seek consultation with a physical therapist.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the sole of the foot, pain in one foot, sharp, stabbing foot pain, severe foot pain, heel pain
    Symptoms that always occur with plantar fasciitis:
    pain in the sole of the foot, sharp, stabbing foot pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Foot Sprain

    The bones of the ankle and foot are held together by ligaments, which are bands of tough tissue. A sprain is a type of injury where one or more of the ligaments is stretched too far, causing tiny fibers in the ligaments to tear. In most cases, the ligament does not tear completely.

    You should go to a retail clinic to have the foot sprain evaluated. Most often, minor sprains can be treated by resting the foot, elevating it while sitting or laying down, and applying an ice pack or heat. Over-the-counter pain medication can help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, limping, foot injury, warm red foot swelling, swelling of one foot
    Symptoms that always occur with foot sprain:
    pain in one foot, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot sprain:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Foot Bruise

    A foot contusion (bruise) is the result of physical damage to the veins and capillaries (which help move blood back toward the heart). The blood pools in the damaged area and creates that blue/purple color.

    You can take care of this at home with rest, ice, keeping your foot up, and over-the-counter pain medication

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, foot injury, foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, foot bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with foot bruise:
    foot pain from an injury, foot injury
    Symptoms that never occur with foot bruise:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Broken Foot (Navicular Bone Fracture)

    The navicular is one of the bones of the foot.

    You should visit your primary care physician. An X-Ray may be helpful to confirm the diagnosis.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, recent ankle injury, foot pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with broken foot (navicular bone fracture):
    pain in one foot, constant foot pain, recent ankle injury
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  5. 5.Jones Fracture (Broken Foot)

    A Jones Fracture is a fracture of a bone on the outside of the foot (called the fifth metatarsal). A Jones fracture can be either a stress fracture (a tiny hairline break that develops with time), or a sudden break due to trauma. This can result in pain, swelling, and tenderness on the outside of the foot.

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care today. Until then, the RICE method of care should be performed: rest (stay off the injured foot), ice (apply an ice pack to injured area), compression (an elastic wrap to control swelling), and elevation (raising the foot slightly above the level of the heart to reduce swelling). A doctor may perform a X-ray and put a cast or splint on the foot.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty walking, constant foot pain, pain in one foot, foot bruise, foot injury
    Symptoms that always occur with jones fracture (broken foot):
    foot pain from an injury, pain when touching the foot, constant foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain in the outside of the foot
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

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  6. 6.Stress Fracture of the Foot (Marching Fracture)

    A "March" stress fracture of the foot is named because it's sometimes linked to soldiers marching for a long time. This foot fracture happens because of prolonged stress or weight-bearing.

    You should go to a primary care doctor or orthopedist, who might take a CT or MRI to help in diagnosis. Treatment involves reducing movements for 6-12 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    constant foot pain, foot pain from overuse, pain in one foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in the top of the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with stress fracture of the foot (marching fracture):
    foot pain from overuse, constant foot pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.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
  8. 8.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
  9. 9.Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (Crps)

    Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition which may happen after an injury, either to a nerve or to tissue in the affected area. It causes intense pain, usually in the arms, hands, legs, or feet.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who will coordinate care with a physical therapist. Treatment focuses on relieving the pain, and can include medicines, physical therapy, and nerve blocks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one arm, pain in one leg, tremor, fatigue, pain in one foot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy

    Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy is the dysfunction of a tendon (muscles to bones) in the back of the foot, which can lead to having flat feet. It's unclear why exactly it happens, but might be related to poor blood flow and mechanical issues specific to the person.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can diagnose this condition by clinical interview and exam. Treatment is conservative and involves a cast, over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen, and orthotic footwear. Surgery is a last resort.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one foot, swollen foot, limping, pain in one ankle, heel pain
    Symptoms that never occur with posterior tibialis tendinopathy:
    recent cutting accident
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in One Foot

  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your foot pain?
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:

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Pain in One Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in one foot have also experienced:

    • 3% Foot Pain
    • 3% Pain in One Shoulder
    • 2% Lower Leg Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in one foot had symptoms persist for:

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

    • 8% Plantar Fasciitis
    • 7% Foot Sprain
    • 1% Foot Bruise
  • 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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