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Foot Pain Relief, Causes, Locations, Treatments, and Recovery Time

Reviewed on 3/16/2020

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What Is Foot Pain?

Picture of a man holding his foot.
Picture of a man holding his foot.
  • The foot is a complex skeletal (anatomical) structure that may be affected by diseases within the body or the foot itself.
  • About 17% to 42% of people have/had foot pain from other conditions.
  • The most common causes of foot pain are overuse activities and injury to the foot.
  • There are other causes of foot pain from medical problems that include:

What Are the Symptoms and Signs Associated with Foot Pain?

Foot pain can be associated with:

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Insomnia
  • Has difficulty sleeping
  • Poor function in daily activities
  • There can be limping and disability

What Are Common Causes of Foot Pain?

Common causes of foot pain include:

  1. Overuse injuries (from running or other activities) and direct injuries to the foot
  2. Plantar warts
  3. Blisters
  4. Bursitis
  5. Bunions
  6. Peripheral neuropathy
  7. Rheumatoid arthritis
  8. Peripheral vascular disease
  9.  tendinitis
  10. Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  11. Plantar fasciitis
  12. Osteomyelitis
  13. Cellulitis
  14. Corns
  15. Gout
  16. Calluses
  17. Pes planus
  18. Achilles tendinitis
  19. Osteoarthritis
  20. Hammertoes
  21. Broken bones
  22. Stress fractures

What Are the Risk Factors for Foot Pain Problems?

Risk factors for foot pain include injury and family history of foot pain.

What Procedures and Tests Diagnose the Cause of Foot Pain?

  • Foot pain is evaluated by carefully hearing the history of the symptoms related to the foot pain (when it began, how it is aggravated, when it is relieved, etc.). It is also diagnosed by examination of the foot to evaluate swelling, warmth, redness, and tenderness.
  • Close examination of the toes, toenails, underside of the foot, and the ankle will usually be part of the evaluation.
  • Sometimes X-ray testing or other imaging tests, such as MRI scanning, are used to make a diagnosis of foot pain.

What Is the Treatment for Foot Pain?

The treatment of foot pain depends on the precise cause. For example, gout can require medication or cortisone injection, while a fracture can require immobilization with casting.

What Home Remedies Treat and Relieve Foot Pain?

Home remedies for common foot pain include

  • Cold application
  • Resting
  • Band-Aids 
  • Vaseline gel
  • Orthotics

What Is the Recovery Time for Causes of Pain?

The prognosis of foot pain depends on the cause of the pain. Fractures heal after four to six weeks with immobilization and resting.

Can You Prevent Foot Pain Causes?

Foot pain can be prevented by avoiding injury or trauma to the foot.


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Reviewed on 3/16/2020
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