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4 Potential Pain in the Sole 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.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.Plantar Wart

    Plantar warts are found on the soles of the feet. They can be very painful. Many of them on the foot may cause problems walking or running. Plantar warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), and can be picked up by walking barefoot in public places, especially pools.

    Warts can be treated but may go away on their own with time.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the sole of the foot, thickened skin on the foot, skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines, rash
    Symptoms that always occur with plantar wart:
    skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Morton Neuroma

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

    Almost all patients do well with conservative (non-surgical) treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, pain in the sole of the foot, pain when touching the foot, pain in both feet, foot injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Psoriatic Arthritis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. Some people who have psoriasis also get a form of arthritis (inflammation and swelling of joints) called psoriatic arthritis.

    This type of arthritis can be managed with treatment, and permanent damage can be prevented. However, the underlying cause (psoriasis) is currently incurable.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    shoulder pain, lower back pain, joint pain, upper back pain, hip pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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

  • Q.Is the pain affecting:
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?
  • Q.How would you describe your foot pain?
  • Q.Did you recently injure your foot?

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Pain in the Sole of the Foot Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 6% Swollen Foot
    • 6% Swelling of the Sole of the Foot
    • 3% Big Toe Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the sole 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 sole of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 20% Morton Neuroma
    • 12% 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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