If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right. Switch to Accessible Site
(724) 320-2447


Common Foot Bone Injuries

Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

With 26 bones in the foot, sustaining an injury to any of them is not uncommon. The most common bone-related foot problems involve the tarsal bones, the metatarsal bones, and the phalanges. The tarsal bones include the talus or ankle bone, the calcaneus or heel bone, and the bones that form the arch of the foot. These are the three cuneiforms, the cuboid, and the navicular. The metatarsals are five long bones of the foot that connect the heel to the toes. The phalanges, or toes, are made up of several bones each. The big toe is the most prominent bone and the workhorse of the phalanges. Bunions, arthritis, and gout are common bone-related foot conditions that involve the big toe. Hammertoe, a muscle and ligament imbalance, usually occurs in the second or third toe. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis involve the calcaneus, or heel bone. A condition called sesamoiditis affects two tiny free floating bones at the base of the big toe. Stress fractures most commonly occur in the metatarsal bones from overuse. If you are experiencing pain in any of the bones of the feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Arnold Tarpley, Jr. from Tarpley Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Tarpley will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Uniontown, and Connellsville, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Foot Pain
Connect with us