Is Lyme Disease Making Your Feet Hurt?

Milwaukee podiatrists get to the bottom of all types of foot & ankle pain


Woman with foot pain caused by lyme disease

Our podiatrists diagnose the underlying cause of foot pain for effective treatment.

Foot pain is a common symptom reported by people suffering from Lyme disease – whether or not they’ve been diagnosed.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme is an inflammatory disease transmitted by infected deer ticks. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease can vary widely, and not all patients report the same set of symptoms.

How does Lyme disease affect the feet and ankles?

Lyme disease can affect the feet, ankles, heels and toes in many ways. Click to jump to more information on:

Pain in the feet and ankles affects every aspect of your life. Don’t let undiagnosed foot pain keep you from enjoying your favorite activities and going about your day. Make an appointment at one of our five Milwaukee area podiatry clinics and find relief faster.

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How can I tell if my foot or ankle pain is caused by Lyme disease?

The first step is getting a professional evaluation of your feet and ankles. There are millions of articles, blogs and forums dedicated to discussing how Lyme disease and Bartonella (a common Lyme coinfection) contribute to foot and ankle pain, but a self-diagnosis online shouldn’t be the basis for your treatment decisions.

Contact our team of experienced surgical podiatrists today for a caring, expert evaluation of your foot and ankle health. 

Lyme Disease Foot Pain

Lyme disease can cause heel and arch pain making it very uncomfortable or even unbearable to be on your feet. People with Lyme disease can also experience burning sensations and bouts of intermittent pain in the feet.

Understanding the source of your foot pain is the first step toward relieving it. Our expert podiatrists work from five convenient Milwaukee-area clinics and maintain relationships with ten area hospitals to provide the highest level of care for our patients. Back to top


Swollen & painful ankle caused by lyme disease

Pain in the ankle joint can be caused by Lyme arthritis.

Lyme Disease: Ankle Pain

Undiagnosed & untreated Lyme disease can progress to Lyme arthritis and cause joint pain, including stiff, swollen and painful ankles (as well as other joints).

Lyme arthritis occurs when the bacteria responsible for the Lyme infection enter the joints and inflame the tissues. In many cases Lyme arthritis episodes are short-lived, and can recur for months to years after the initial tick bite.

Lyme disease is only one possible cause of swollen or painful ankle joints. Whatever the cause, effective & lasting treatment starts with an expert evaluation by a foot and ankle specialist. Back to top

Lyme Disease: Numbness in Feet

Lyme disease can cause numbness and tingling in the feet and limbs as a result of peripheral neuropathy, a neurological disorder which can result from untreated Lyme disease.

Numbness and tingling in the feet can also be a symptom of many other conditions or injuries. It’s important to discuss any discomfort in your feet with an experienced podiatrist to get an accurate diagnosis. Back to top

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Lyme Disease: Swelling in Feet & Ankles

Late-stage Lyme disease can lead to arthritis affecting the weight-bearing joints of the body, including the joints of the feet and ankles. Pain and swelling in the feet and/or ankles can be caused by many different conditions including old injuries.

No matter the cause, it’s important to discuss painful foot and ankle symptoms with an experienced podiatrist as early as possible—the sooner we can diagnose the cause, the sooner you’ll feel relief. Back to top


Heel pain caused by lyme disease

Heel pain can be caused by lyme disease & many other conditions.

Lyme Disease: Heel Pain

Some people with Lyme disease and/or a Bartonella coinfection report severe pain on the base of the heels. In some cases the heel pain was compared to tendonitis and was noted to be worse when lying in bed with the back of the heels resting on a mattress.

Common causes of heel pain with or without a Lyme diagnosis include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bursitis, stress fracture and more. Never ignore heel pain or wait for it to go away on its own. Make an appointment with an experienced, caring podiatrist today for an expert diagnosis and effective treatment plan for your heel pain. Back to top

Lyme Disease & Plantar Fasciitis

A Lyme co-infection called Bartonella can cause the same foot and heel pain symptoms as plantar fasciitis:

  • Painful inflammation along the bottom of your foot
  • Pain is worst first thing in the morning
  • Long periods of standing or sitting cause pain to flare up

Statistically, Americans are more likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis than Bartonella. No matter the cause of your foot pain, it’s important to learn the root cause for effective treatment. Our experienced surgical podiatrists will evaluate your foot and heel pain with a view to creating an effective and lasting treatment plan. Back to top

Milwaukee podiatrists treating all types of foot, heel & ankle pain

Our team of elite surgical podiatrists are committed to providing the highest level of care for every patient. We’ll take the time to listen as you describe your symptoms, and provide solutions for fast pain relief and long-term results.

Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle of Wisconsin today for an appointment.