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Top 10 Spontaneous Foot Pain Causes

  1. 1.Athlete's Foot (Tinea Pedis)

    Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the feet and/or toes. Warm, moist environments and community showering are common causes of this type of infection.

    Over-the-counter treatments are quite effective at treating athlete's foot. They can come in the form of sprays, ointments, or even oral antifungals. Consider replacing shower footwear and bleaching any bathroom floors.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    foot redness, foot/toe itch, spontaneous foot pain, foot skin changes, peeling between the toes
    Symptoms that always occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    foot redness
    Symptoms that never occur with athlete's foot (tinea pedis):
    toe injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chronic Foot Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the foot is a bacterial or fungal infection of the foot bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    warm red foot swelling, spontaneous foot pain
    Symptoms that always occur with chronic foot bone infection (osteomyelitis):
    diabetic foot ulcer, spontaneous foot pain, warm red foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Acute Bone Infection of the Foot (Osteomyelitis)

    Osteomyelitis of the foot is a bacterial or fungal infection of the foot bones, typically caused by Staph Aureus (40-50% of the time). It is difficult to diagnose as the infection can come from a break in the skin at the area or anywhere else in the body that spreads by blood.

    You should seek immediate medical care at an ER, where diagnosis of osteomyelitis can be established through x-rays and culturing fluids. Treatment involves antibiotics and removing the infected tissue (by surgery).

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain
    Symptoms that always occur with acute bone infection of the foot (osteomyelitis):
    diabetic foot ulcer, spontaneous foot pain, warm red foot swelling
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Pes Cavus

    Pes cavus is a high arch of the foot that does not flatten with weight bearing. This foot type can cause pain.

    You should visit your primary care physician if you are experiencing a lot of foot pain. Surgical treatment is only used when there is severe pain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    foot numbness, fatigue, high-arched feet, cold feet, foot pain from overuse
    Symptoms that always occur with pes cavus:
    high-arched feet
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Osteoid Osteoma

    An osteoid osteoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor that usually develops in the long bones of the legs. The thigh bone (femur) is affected most commonly, although the bones of the hand or the spine can have occasional involvement. This condition is most often found in young people.

    You should visit your primary care physician. This condition requires a variety of treatments such as minimally invasive surgery to kill or scrape off the tumor.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    lower back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain that shoots to the butt, upper back pain, spontaneous back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with osteoid osteoma:
    hip pain, bilateral leg swelling, weakness in both arms, weakness of both legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician who will coordinate your care with a muscle and bone specialist (orthopedic surgeon). Tarsal tunnel syndrome is treated with pain medication, corticosteroid injections, stretching, icing, physical therapy, and also special orthotic inserts for shoes.

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

    Freiberg Disease is a rare condition caused by the death of a bone in the foot. There is no real explanation as to why it happens, but it may be related to the divide between bone and cartilage in a growing bone.

    You should visit your primary care physician, who can look at the foot and determine if imaging is needed to confirm diagnosis. Treatment starts with rest to see if that allows healing. A cast may be needed in severe cases, and Ibuprofen can help with pain.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain when touching the foot
    Symptoms that always occur with freiberg disease:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the front half of the foot, pain when touching the foot
    Symptoms that never occur with freiberg disease:
    difficulty moving the ankle
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

    There are many different cells of the immune system. At times, there can be too many of one or more of them.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, unintentional weight loss, severe fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Ewing Sarcoma

    Ewing sarcoma is a type of bone cancer often affecting the legs, pelvis, ribs, arms or spine. It can occur anytime during childhood and young adulthood; it is rarely seen in adults.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours. An early diagnosis and treatment plan can increase the possibility of a favorable outcome.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, rib pain, pelvis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.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.

    You should visit your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis with an X-Ray. Usually no treatment is needed, however. A weight-bearing cast may improve symptoms, so it is recommended for you to use one for 6-7 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous foot pain, pain in the top of the foot, swelling of the top of the foot, pain in the inside of the foot, 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 Spontaneous Foot Pain

  • Q.Is your foot pain getting better or worse?
  • Q.How severe is your foot pain?
  • Q.How severe is your abdominal pain?
  • Q.Have you lost your appetite recently?

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Spontaneous Foot Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced spontaneous foot pain have also experienced:

    • 4% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 4% Chills
    • 4% Eye Pain
  • People who have experienced spontaneous foot pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Week
    • 20% Less Than a Day

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