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Shooting pain in feet

07/03/2007

Question:

WHAT CAUSES A SHARP PAIN IN YOUR FOOT THAT FEELS LIKE SOMEONE IS STICKING YOU WITH A NEEDLE THAT ONLY LASTS 5 SECONDS MOR OR LESS?

Answer:

There are many conditions that can present the symptoms you described.  One of the most common foot conditions is plantarfasciitis.  It is the irritation of the plantar fascia (the dense band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and provides "shock absorption" for the foot).  It is very common for this band to become tight or irritated when you change your activity level or type of footwear.  It can become irritated without explanation as well.

Common solutions to this condition are working on general lower leg flexibility, wearing supportive footwear (tennis shoes vs. flip-flops or sandals), and ball massages for the bottom of the foot. 

If the symptoms persist, it may be necessary to see a doctor.

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Response by:

Mary  Laingen, MS, ATC Mary Laingen, MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Ohio State University