Walking Woes: Understanding and Alleviating Pain in Your Foot When Walking

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
By Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.B.B.S.
Updated on November 21, 2023

Feeling pain in your foot when walking can be frustrating and discomforting. It’s important to determine what might be causing the pain so you can get the proper treatment. This article will explore some of the most common causes of foot pain when walking and provide tips for finding relief.

What causes pain in the foot when walking?

One of the most common causes of pain in the foot when walking is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It can become inflamed or develop small tears which causes stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, especially with your first steps in the morning or after a period of rest. Overpronation (flat feet) and being overweight are risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis.

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Other potential causes of foot pain when walking include stress fractures, which are small cracks in the bones of the foot. These typically occur in runners. Arthritis in the foot joints can also cause inflammation and tenderness when walking. Nerve issues like Morton’s neuroma, which is a thickening of the nerve between the toes, may lead to a burning or tingling foot pain.


If you experience pain in your foot when walking, see a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment. They can examine your foot, review your medical history, and determine the underlying cause. Treatment options may include rest, orthotics, stretches, braces or splints, heel pads or cushions, medications, physical therapy, or in rare cases, surgery. Proper footwear is also important. With the right treatment plan, you can find relief from foot pain when walking.

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