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Diagnosing the Causes of Aches and Pains in Your Feet

How do you know whether you're suffering from a minor foot problem or a serious one? We all have aches and pains in our feet every once in a while, but at Soft Soles Podiatry, we recommend seeing a podiatrist immediately if you have any of the following persistent problems. Get in touch today to book an appointment.

Persistent Pain

Persistent aches and pains in your feet could be a sign of a fractured or broken ankle, foot, or toe. This may require an X-ray, a split, or even surgery to correct, and can get worse the longer you have it untreated. If you have any aches and pain that doesn’t resolve itself within a few days of home treatment, contact our team immediately.

Pinched Nerves

Our podiatrists are capable of dealing with pinched nerves and other problems that cause severe pain, using injections and minimally invasive surgical procedures. Common problems which may be exacerbated if left untreated include:

Pinched Nerves

  • Flat Feet

  • Misalignment

  • Tendinitis

  • Hammertoes

Severe Pain

In cases where you are suffering from severe pain, it may be a sign that you have broken part of your foot, injured your Achilles’ tendon, or torn a ligament. You need to see a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and a suitable medical response, possibly including surgery.


If you have a fever in conjunction with aches and pains in your feet, it’s usually a sign that you have an infection. This requires immediate attention from your podiatrist, but you will also need to take an antibiotic. Foot problems associated with infection include:


  • Ingrown Toenails

  • Septic Arthritis

  • Osteomyelitis


It’s important to take diabetes complications seriously. It is common to get sores on your feet if you have diabetes, but when a sore becomes an open wound that doesn’t heal, oozes pus, or feels warm to the touch, you may have a diabetes-related infection or ulcer. You must seek treatment immediately to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Additionally, diabetic patients also prone to developing peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms include:


  • Numbness or Sensitivity to Touch

  • Tingles, Cramping, and Pain

  • Loss of Reflexes

As peripheral neuropathy is felt in the legs and feet first, you should see a podiatrist as soon as you notice these symptoms.


If you are unable to put pressure on your foot, you may have sprained, broken, or fractured something. Additionally, it may be a symptom of neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, or overpronation. You may require a splint or even minimally invasive surgery to solve the problem.

Overpronation can lead to serious pain - and not just in your feet. Consult your podiatrist about HyProCure® treatments, which are used to treat overpronation caused by misalignment, and minimize or eliminate pain in your feet, knees, and hips.


Tingling or numbness on the bottom of your feet is a sign of neuropathy and can occur even if you do not have diabetes. It is also caused by injury, infection, and hereditary conditions. Book an appointment with your podiatrist right away if you have numbness or a tingling feeling in the bottom of your feet to prevent the problem from getting worse.

What’s Causing You Pain?

Our experienced podiatrists will quickly diagnose the cause of any foot aches and pains.

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