New announcement. Learn more

Midfoot Pain

There are many common ailments, injuries, and conditions relevant to the midfoot.

The midfoot consists of the three cuneiform bones, the cuboid, and the navicular bones as well as the surrounding soft tissue.

The most common cause of midfoot pain is mid-tarsal joint sprains after an ankle injury, but the most important cause of midfoot pain is a stress fracture of the navicular bone. Tendinopathy of the extensor tendons is another common cause of midfoot pain.

Acute midfoot pain results from a sprain of the midtarsal joint or plantar fascia.
- Gradual pain is a sign of overuse injuries such as extensor tendinopathy, tibialis posterior tendinopathy, or navicular stress fracture.
Poorly localised pain may indicate a navicular stress fracture.

How is midfoot pain diagnosed?

Our clinicians look at a detailed patient history, including time, course and foot mechanics to determine an accurate diagnosis. We combine this with careful foot palpation and a biomechanical examination to understand the limitations of movement and pain, and detect factors that may have led to the injury.

Preventative-care specialists

Our highly skilled and experienced clinical team are experts in preventative care, treatment, and rehabilitation for heel pain.

Every person is different, so we treat each patient with a specialised plan that meets their individual needs.

Common injuries and conditions

  • Navicular stress fracture

  • Midtarsal joint sprain

  • Lisfranc joint injury

  • Tibialis posterior tendinopathy

  • Peroneal tendinopathy

  • Extensor tendinopathy

  • Plantar fascia strain


Treatment options available to patients include:

  • Manual therapy

  • Strapping

  • Orthotic therapy

  • Exercise prescription

  • Bracing and moonboots

  • Footwear advice

  • Onward referrals (as required)

Contact us to find out how we can help with your midfoot pain.