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3 Potential Pain in the Inside of the Foot Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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.

    Progressive and relapsing, needing several attempts to fix the problem

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

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  2. 2.Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

    The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression, or squeezing, on an important nerve called the posterior tibial nerve. This compression produces symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle into the foot.

    Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a long-term condition that may need to be managed for months up to 1-2 years.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    tingling foot, pain in one foot, spontaneous foot pain, heel pain, pain in the top of the foot
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.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.

    6-7 weeks with weight-bearing cast, otherwise should resolve completely within a few years.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the top of the foot, swelling of the top of the foot, pain in both feet, 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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Pain in the Inside of the Foot

  • Q.Has a bunion formed on your foot?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your foot?

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Pain in the Inside of the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced pain in the inside of the foot have also experienced:

    • 11% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 7% Foot Pain
    • 7% Foot Bruise
  • People who have experienced pain in the inside of the foot had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced pain in the inside of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 19% Posterior Tibialis Tendinopathy
    • 6% Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • 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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