Heel pain can occur when the thick band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot becomes inflamed. It's a common running injury.
It can cause a sharp and often severe pain when you place weight on your heel. In most cases, only one heel is affected, although some people have pain in both heels.
Heel pain and stiffness can also sometimes be caused by damage or tightness of the Achilles tendon, which runs up the back of the heel. This can occur gradually over a long period of time, or the tendon can suddenly rupture or tear.
For more information, click on these links to Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendinitis.
A fungal infection that causes redness, itching, peeling and sometimes blisters. Athlete’s foot usually begins between toes and can spread to other toes, body parts and even other people. Athlete's foot sometimes causes fluid-filled blisters.
Bunions are often painful, bony lumps that form on the side of the feet.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are hard or thick areas of skin that can be painful. You mostly get corns and calluses on your feet, toes and hands.
Diabetic foot ulcers/wounds
Diabetic foot ulcers are red sores that occur most often on the pad (ball) of the foot or the bottom of the big toe. Ulcers can also form because of poorly fitted shoes, especially on the sides of the foot, the tops of the toes or the heel of the foot.
Gout is a type of arthritis that causes sudden, severe joint pain. Chronic gout can also cause tiny white lumps, called tophi, to appear under your skin, usually on your ears, fingers or elbows. This is where urate crystals form under your skin. They can be painful.
A deformity that causes your toe to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. This deformity can affect any toe on your foot.
An ingrown toenail is a common problem where the nail grows into the toe. You usually get an ingrown toenail on your big toe. But you can get them on any toe.
Fungal nail infections are common. They're not serious but they can take a long time to treat. Fungal nail infections usually affect your toenails, but you can get them on your fingernails, too. A fungal infection inside your toenail that makes the nail thick, discolored and brittle.
An infection of the outer layer of skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are most commonly found on feet and can spread to other areas of the body. Warts on the sole of the foot are likely to be painful – like standing on a needle.