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Your foot is composed of 26 bones that form two crossing arches of the foot. The ankles of your feet are formed by the interaction of the foot and your lower leg. The bones of your foot are held together with ligaments. The foot muscles, along with a tissue known as plantar fascia, provide secondary support. 'Fat pads' in the foot help with weight-bearing and absorbing impact. When you experience discomfort or pain, that’s an indication that something is wrong. Where and when that pain occurs can often help in determining the cause and severity of the condition.


Trauma, disease and injury are the most likely causes of foot pain. Poor biomechanical alignment and the type of footwear can also cause pain or discomfort. Tightly fitting shoes or shoes that are tied too tightly can cause pain on the top of the foot and elsewhere. High heels can cause pain in a variety of areas.

The bottom line is, your feet should not hurt. If they do, see a podiatrist. Podiatrists are expertly trained doctors who can most effectively assess and treat foot pain and foot-related conditions, whatever the cause.

Click on the image above in the area where it hurts. You’ll then see some of the conditions that might cause the pain or discomfort you feel. Then call your podiatrist and make an appointment today.

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The images and related information is for general education purposes and NOT designed to be diagnostic. For assessment of individual symptoms please consult a licensed healthcare professional!