Don’t dismiss arthritis or fibromyalgia as possible reasons your feet hurt after sitting, even though you may have read that a likely cause is plantar fasciitis.

Here is what Bob Thompson, certified pedorthist, executive director of the Institute for Preventive Foot Health (, has to say about the cause of feet hurting after prolonged sitting:

“Another, less likely reason for pain in the feet after sitting for a while is arthritis or a connective tissue problem such as fibromyalgia.

“Both can cause you to feel pain when you put weight on joints that have been inactive for extended periods of time.”

A pedorthist is a medical professional who specializes in designing footwear and devices to alleviate foot discomfort.

How can this problem be prevented?

Thompson explains that you should “try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, and/or move the feet and legs while seated to help stimulate circulation.”

bob thompsonRobert Thompson is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of preventive foot health and soft tissue injury prevention.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.