A distressing or unpleasant sensory feeling felt at the foot.

  • Foot pain

Common causes

Foot pain is not always related to an underlying condition. It may be caused by:

  • Broken foot, toes or ankle
  • Poorly fitting shoes or high heeled shoes
  • Injury to the foot by an object
  • Foot sprains, strains, and fractures
  • Standing for long periods of time
  • Walking or running for a long time


Self Treatment

Self-treatment: Self- care steps that may be helpful in some less- serious cases:

  • Ice and resting your foot
  • Muscle stretches of the heel and foot
  • Taking pain relievers e.g. diclofenac
  • Wear comfortable and fitting shoes and have shock absorbing soles
  • Avoid activities that worsen the pain e.g. too much walking


See a doctor if you notice:

  • The pain interferes with daily activities
  • The desired activities cannot be performed
  • Pain, swelling, and numbness does not improve after a few weeks


See a doctor immediately if you notice:

  • The foot area is deformed
  • Loss of foot function
  • Change of sensation
  • Excessive swelling with pain
  • Change of foot color
  • The affected area is warmer than the rest of the surrounding areas
  • An open wound or oozing pus

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