Foot pain or associated pain around the ankle region does make it very hard for people to carry on with their life. Given the fact that the condition does have negative impacts on one’s body, it is best suggested to ensure that you take immediate consideration of the causes and try to combat them with the best of your abilities.

Don’t forget; we have done a lengthy discussion about the reasons for leg pain. For example,

Causes for Groin Pain,

Causes for Thigh Pain,

Causes for Knee Pain, and

Causes for Calf Pain.

Now, back to the topic and to the causes of foot pain.

All that being said, pain around the foot region can stem from a number of factors – some acute and some chronic.

As previously noted, it’s fair to say that acute pains are ‘sharp’ and ‘sudden’. You at least need a pain killer to bear such pain.

In contrast, ‘dull’ and long-lasting pains are considered ‘chronic’.

Any kind of injury or even the overuse of the muscles and ligaments associated around that region can result in the formation of the inflammation as well as the pain that contributes to the condition. Such pains are likely to become apparent and intensify over time, so commonly in ‘chronic’ nature.

Alternatively, any kind of dysfunctionality of the nerves around can also play a key role in making the situation worse even further. This can be following a sprain or strain of muscles or an injury. Such sharp and sudden foot pain likely to be ‘acute’.

In order to know about foot pains better, it is best suggested knowing more about their causes first.

I have mentioned below some of the common causes associated with foot pain, both acute and chronic.

Acute foot pain causes (Severe Foot Pain)

  • Injury to the calf, ankle or the foot region
  • Stretch in the ligaments in the foot
  • Bone fracture
  • Wearing too tight shoes

Chronic foot pain causes

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Avulsion fracture
  • Bunions
  • Joint inflammation
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Flatfeet
  • Gout
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Plantar Warts
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Sciatic Nerve Compression
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Tumours
  • Lupus disease

Red flag symptoms

Coming on to the signs of immediate urgency, the possibilities are quite extensive.

In order to handle the condition effectively, it is quite vital to ensure that you do consider such symptoms seriously, but not brush them aside.

Some of the symptoms concerning foot pain that require immediate medical attention include:

  • Loss of function or sensation around the foot
  • Unprecedented swelling around the affected foot/feet
  • Change of skin or the toenail colour
  • When the pain interferes with the day to day activity
  • Little to no improvement with the treatment


Remember, you should talk to your doctor or visit the hospital if you experience any of the above foot symptoms. Some symptoms even could associate with a medical emergency.

I am saying so if the pain is long term or ‘chronic’ in nature that should not be ignored either. Ignorance can drag down your happiness and could result in many complications and disabilities in the years to come.

There are many management options for chronic foot pain, which could improve your overall health, physically and emotionally.


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