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Conditions InDepth: Foot Pain
The foot is a complex structure of 26 bones, 33 joints, and many muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Only a small number of Americans are born with foot problems. Most problems are due to neglect and poor care, including ill-fitting shoes. With age, changes occur in the feet. Some disorders begin early in life and are affected by heredity, walking patterns, and land features. Many Americans will have foot pain at some point in their lives.
Common causes of foot pain include:
Foot pain may also be caused by systemic disease, such as:
For descriptions of many common types of foot pain, click here.
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Brian Randall, MD
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