Causes and symptoms of foot pain

KYW Staff
November 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
A person with foot pain.

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Foot pain is relatively common, and it's one of the most frustrating locations to have pain because it can impact everything you do. 

One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis, which affects 1 million people each year. Two-thirds of people who have it end up seeing their doctor because they can't deal with the pain.

The pain is usually in the heel and it's thought to be caused by biomechanical overuse from prolonged standing or running. 

Most patients say they experience heel pain almost immediately after standing up in the morning or when they get up if they have be sitting for a long period of time. Usually, the pain improves with walking, but in some cases, it actually gets worse by the day's end if the patient walks for a long time. 

The best way to treat it when symptoms first appear is to rest, ice and massage it, and take anti-inflammatory medications.