Lifting your heel up toward your calf will relieve the pull on your tendon. Try a heel insert in your regular shoes as well as your running shoes. You can purchase heel lifts in the foot section of many drugstores, or try using a makeup sponge as a substitute. You'll probably notice an immediate difference. You might be stretching too hard. If you force the muscle the 'stretch reflex' is triggered which contracts it. By going against this you are damaging the muscle. Stretch gently, do not bounce, ease into it and feel the muscle stretching. Gout is characterized by inflammation and pain in the joints. One of the typical symptoms of gout is the sudden and excruciating pain (mostly) in the big toe, during the night. The area in and around the affected joint will develop inflammation, sometimes, along with fever. The skin of the affected toe turns red and shiny. The inflammation and other symptoms last for a few days. Once the swelling subsides, the skin starts peeling off. A stress fracture in your foot usually occurs in one of the five metatarsal bones (mostly the second or third). These fractures are caused by overuse during strenuous exercise, particularly running and high-impact aerobics. Pregnant Women- Pregnant women have special foot problems from weight gain, swelling in their feet and ankles, and the release of certain hormones during pregnancy that cause ligaments to relax. These hormones help with childbearing, but can weaken the soft tissue structure of the feet. Occupational Risk Factors A 2000 study reported that smokers are at higher risk for blisters , bruises , sprains , and fractures , most likely because they tend to be less fit than nonsmokers. Smokers may also heal less quickly, which affects some foot surgeries. Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary. Athlete's foot is an infection that occurs when specific type of fungus invades the feet and specifically targets the moist spaces between the toes. Athlete's foot typically brings a burning sensation and makes the skin itchy. Even the soles of the affected foot, typically produce an unusual stinging sensation. In some cases, the invasion of fungus leads to formation of itchy blisters in between the toes. Fractures of the metatarsal bones, located in the middle of the foot, often do not require a cast. A stiff-soled shoe may be all that is needed for support as the foot heals. Sometimes, surgery is needed to correct misaligned bones or fractured segments. For the last several months I have had an odd pain in my toe joints. All 10 toes are affected and the pain strikes at the oddest times. It is not severe, but bad enough to be annoying. While I do not see my doctor for a few more days, I started to research my nursing school books and, yes, the internet (credible sites only, of course) to try and at least get an idea of what may be causing this. Here we will look at what may cause pain in your toes. The plantar fascia starts from a bump on the heel bone called the "tuberosity", running under the foot forwards to the toes. When there is chronic stress on this fascia, basic physiology tells us that it will produce a spur. This spur can grow very large, looking dramatic on X-ray, and is prominent and easily bruised. Medicine likes to cut it off. But this is rarely necessary. A soft heel cushion, reducing the bony fixations that are causing the fascial tension, and Active Release of the plantar fascia, and usually it will come right in a few weeks. The pain is usually worst first thing in the morning. Metatarsalgia, commonly referred to as ball-of-foot pain, can occur in the region between the arch and the toes. Pain starts to occur when the balance between the metatarsal bones is thrown off. Sometimes pressure on the ends of the metatarsal bones can cause symptoms in the ball of the foot. Foot Solutions offers a variety of foot health products and comfort footwear to help treat Metatarsalgia. Make your appointment at any Foot Solutions today for a free fitting and digital analysis. A burning or having a constant sensation of heat felt in one's feet. This includes a stabbing, tingling or burning pain in the feet. Rarely, ankle equine is caused by a piece of bone from an old fracture blocking the proper motion of the ankle or by a congenitally short Achilles tendon that prevents full dorsiflexion of the ankle. Ankle joint equinus may also be caused by arthritis that results in deformity of the bones of the joint that interferes with the full dorsiflexion of the joint. Most commonly ankle joint equinus is caused by tight calf muscles. If the calf muscles are too tight the ankle is not able to fully dorsiflex the ankle.