Pain - foot
Pain or discomfort can be felt anywhere in the foot. You may have pain in the heel, toes, arch, instep, or bottom of foot (sole).
Foot pain may be due to:
The following can cause foot pain:
The following steps may help relieve your foot pain:
Other home care steps depend on what is causing your foot pain.
The following steps can prevent foot problems and foot pain:
Contact your provider if:
Your provider will do a physical exam. Your provider will ask questions about your symptoms and medical history.
Treatment depends on the exact cause of the foot pain. Treatment may include:
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Review Date: 6/8/2022
Reviewed By: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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