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Dr. Kenneth Rosenthal
Dr. Jonathan C. O’Quinn
Dr. Michael J. Price

(252) 830-1000

Greenville, North Carolina


Reasons the Bottom of Your Foot May Hurt

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

There are 26 bones, more than 30 joints, and nearly 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot – and an issue with any of these can lead to foot pain. Depending on the source of the pain, different conditions can be indicated. For example, pain at the bottom of the foot can be a sign of plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, or neuropathy. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed or partially torn. Metatarsalgia can affect the ball of the foot (the metatarsal region). Usually, this pain is a result of the metatarsal heads becoming inflamed and applying pressure on the bones at the front of the foot. Another common issue to the bottom of the foot is neuropathy, which occurs when there is nerve damage that causes a tingling, burning, or stabbing sensation. It’s suggested that anyone who struggles with foot pain consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Greenville, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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