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Diverse Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain is a common and often underestimated ailment that can stem from a myriad of causes. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by stabbing heel pain, usually arises from overuse or inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. Bunions, those painful bony bumps at the base of the big toe, typically result from genetic predisposition and from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Achilles tendinitis, manifesting as pain at the back of the heel, often arises from overuse or tight calf muscles. Neuropathy, which induces numbness and tingling, can be caused by diabetes or other health conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is marked by severe joint pain and occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints. Stress fractures may develop from repetitive stress or overuse and cause pain. If you are experiencing foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine the cause and effectively treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Scott Matthews, DPM, MD from Salem Foot Care . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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