Type of Foot Pain and Treatment

Forefoot Pain

The pain is commonly on the sole of the foot and often sharp, described as similar to walking on pebbles or like having a stone in the shoe.The main symptom is that of pain. Sometimes there is associated swelling in the foot although frequently there is none. There may be build up of hard skin over the painful area. This is called a callosity. People usually report more pain when taking weight through the affected foot but sometimes also complain of pain when at rest or in bed at night. Sometimes numbness accompanies pain into the toes.

Midfoot Pain

The midfoot is a complex area involving 10 different bones coming together to form more than a dozen separate joints. A sprain in this area can result in aching or throbbing midfoot pain, swelling and bruising. The most common way for an injury of midfoot to occur, is trauma. But it doesn’t have to be the hit-the-foot-with-a-hammer sort of trauma. For a runner, this sort of injury happens when twisting the foot while stepping in a pothole, accidentally stepping off the shoulder, or tripping over a root on a trail run. It is also a common injury in mountain biking.

Rearfoot Pain

The rearfoot is the posterior third of the foot and is composed of the calcaneus and talus bones and their associated joints. In shoe-wearing populations, the heel is the first part of the foot to strike the ground during gait, which places a significant amount of force on the heel and its associated structures and tissues.A very common rearfoot injury is heel pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis. This is caused by either inflammation or the thickening of the plantar fascia (the band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes). This problem is considered a chronic injury because it is caused by the continual overstretching of the plantar fascia, which causes tears in the fiber and thus pain.


ABC Physical Therapy can help a sufferer of foot pain by helping the patient move around using a set of exercises, massage and heat/ice treatment to avoid joint problems and improve the mobility and flexibility of your muscles, bones and joints.