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Your Pain in the Sole of the Foot May Also be Known as:
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Top 4 Pain in the Sole of the 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.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.

    Usually warts go away on their own. You can use over the counter medication to treat them. If they don't go away, you can visit your PCP or a walk in clinic to get them treated with salicylic acid and freezing with liquid nitrogen.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the sole of the foot, thickened skin on the foot, thickened skin on the foot without visible lines, skin thickening resembling a plantar wart, 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.

    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
  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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to manage this disease as there are many treatment options. A treatment plan will often consist of therapy (physical, occupational, massage), patient education, exercise and rest, devices to protect joints, medicine and/or surgery.

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

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

  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your foot pain?
  • Q.Is the pain affecting:
  • Q.Have you ever been told you have flat feet?

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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:

    • 9% Swelling of the Sole of the Foot
    • 5% Swollen Foot
    • 3% Heel Pain
  • People who have experienced pain in the sole of the 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 the sole of the foot were most often matched with:

    • 17% Morton Neuroma
    • 13% Plantar Fasciitis

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