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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Pain in the Middle of the Foot

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced pain in the middle of the foot. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  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.

    Pain can last weeks to months.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the sole of the foot, sharp, stabbing foot pain, pain in one foot, 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.Flat Feet

    Pes planus, or flat feet, are a common and usually painless condition where the arches on the inside of the feet are flattened. Usually this is due to poor arch development during childhood.

    Lifelong condition not requiring treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the top of the foot, pain in the middle of the foot
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch

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  3. 3.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.

    6-12 weeks with treatment

    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
  4. 4.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.

    6-8 weeks healing time with cast or splint.

    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
  5. 5.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.

    Healing may require several months.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    joint pain, constant foot swelling, pain in one foot, warm red foot swelling, swelling of both feet
    Symptoms that always occur with charcot arthropathy of the foot:
    warm red foot swelling, constant foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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

  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your foot pain?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your foot?

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Pain in the Middle of the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 8% Foot Pain
    • 5% Pain in the Top of the Foot
    • 4% Numbness in the Middle Part of the Foot
  • People who have experienced pain in the middle 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 middle of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 75% Stress Fracture of the Foot (Marching Fracture)
    • 25% Plantar Fasciitis
  • 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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