Other Symptoms that Can Accompany Foot Pain

Foot pain can occur in the

  • toes,
  • the ball of the foot,
  • the heel,
  • the arch,
  • the instep,
  • the sole (bottom of the foot),
  • the top of the foot,
  • or the ankle.

The onset of pain may be sudden, or may develop slowly over time. Foot pain can vary from a mild ache, to a severe stabbing, throbbing, and burning pain.

Depending on the cause, symptoms that may accompany foot pain include the following:

  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tingling

Complications that can occur include infection (e.g., fever, redness, severe pain, warmth, swelling), an inability to bear weight, and deformities (e.g., hammertoes/claw toes, bunions). Patients who have diabetes are at increased risk for foot complications, such as sores (ulcers), Charcot foot, and diabetic neuropathy.

Publication Review By: J. Michael Lunsford, D.P.M., Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 31 Jan 2007

Last Modified: 08 Dec 2011