Your feet are complex parts of the body responsible for movement, balance and many rigorous functions. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, the average person should take between 8,000 and 10,000 steps every day. All of these steps can lead to a number of feet problems. You may sometimes experience pain in your foot or ankle that your doctor may have difficulty diagnosing.
Many people with foot pain usually locate it under the ball of their foot (the metatarsal), the area between your toes, the arch of your foot, and the area of the long bones at the bottom of each toe. Pressure on the bones can cause problems, such as tendonitis and fractures. People with flat feet can experience problems just like people with high arches, like plantar faciitis or fallen arches.
Problems with the ankle may include Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibiae tendonitis, fractures, cartilage damage and gout, as well as arthritis and a variety of sprains. Other issues may include heel pain, posterior heel pain, toe pain, bunions and arch pain.
If you are unsure of why you're experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, you should seek medical attention. Some of your symptoms might include the inability to walk comfortably or bend your ankle, injury on or around the joint, pain that lasts more than a few days, swelling, infection and pain while sleeping.