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Why Your Feet Might Ache at Night

A person might feel foot pain at night from various causes, including lifestyle factors and medical conditions. Such pain may be dull or throbbing and be felt in the ball of the foot, the heel, the toes, the arches, or the ankles. Aching feet can interfere with sleep, and sleep disturbances can make pain feel worse. Lifestyle factors contributing to foot pain at night include standing for prolonged periods, wearing ill-fitting footwear, or pregnancy. One can get muscle fatigue and suffer cramps or spasms in their feet during pregnancy, and the body processes calcium differently, which can also cause foot cramps. Medical conditions leading to nighttime foot achiness include foot problems like Morton’s neuroma or plantar fasciitis or health conditions such as diabetes. Wearing correctly fitting shoes, getting plenty of hydration, and doing foot stretches can help reduce foot pain at night. If your feet continually hurt you at night, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an examination, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. Our doctors 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 North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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