Foot Pain Mysteries: Why Does the Bottom of My Foot Hurt When I Put Pressure On It?

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 15, 2023

Feeling pain in the bottom of the foot with weight-bearing activities is a common foot problem. Identifying the underlying cause is important for getting proper treatment and relieve. Here are some of the most frequent reasons for bottom-of-foot pain upon pressure.

Why does the bottom of my foot hurt when I put pressure on it?

One of the most common culprits is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. This commonly occurs due to repetitive strain from activities like standing or running and results in sharp heel or arch pain both with your first steps in the morning or after a period of rest. Other potential causes include heel spurs, stress fractures, arthritis, and nerve conditions like tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Additional causes

Localized bruising, swelling or growths under the foot like warts pressing on nerves or tissue can also provoke pain. Ill-fitting shoes that rub or squeeze the footwrongly are a frequent irritant. Damage to muscles, tendons or ligaments from overuse or injury may also lead to bottom-of-foot discomfort. Neuropathy from diabetes or other medical issues can cause strange pressure sensations too.

When to see a doctor

If self-care measures like rest, stretching, and over-the-counter orthotics don’t improve pain within a few weeks, it’s best to consult a podiatrist. A medical exam can help accurately diagnose the root cause. The doctor may suggest treatments like customizable orthotics, physical therapy exercises, prescription medication, steroid injections, or even surgery in rare cases.


In summary, bottom-of-foot pain upon pressure is often due to common overuse injuries or underlying medical conditions. Seeking timely medical advice allows for appropriate management which can aid recovery and minimize long term issues. With proper diagnosis and treatment, foot discomfort should improve.

Read more:

0 %