Foot pain



Rest the painful foot as much as possible. Avoid activities that worsen pain. Ice the area for up to 20 minutes several times a day. Pain medicines you can get without a prescription may help.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a health care expert immediately if:

  • Open wound or obvious deformity.
  • Severe pain or swelling.
  • Foot can't bear any weight.
  • Signs of infection, such as redness or fever.
  • Wound isn't healing.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care professional if:

  • Swelling doesn't improve in 2 to 5 days.
  • Pain persists or worsens.
  • Limits ability to work or do daily tasks.
  • Numbness, burning or tingling.