Post 11 – Foot Pain and When to See a Doctor – Mayo Clinic

Foot Pain and When to See a Doctor – Mayo Clinic


By Mayo Clinic Staff

Pain Management Advisor

Injury, overuse, or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain.

Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

Some common causes of foot pain include:

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendon rupture

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Bone spurs

Broken ankle/broken foot

Broken toe



Complex regional pain syndrome

Corns and calluses

Diabetic neuropathy



Hammertoe and mallet toe

High heels or poorly fitting shoes

Ingrown toenails


Morton’s neuroma



Paget’s disease of bone

Peripheral neuropathy

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar warts

Rheumatoid arthritis

Septic arthritis

Stress fractures

Tarsal tunnel syndrome



When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Pain Management Advisor

Even relatively mild foot pain can be quite debilitating, at least at first. It is usually safe to try simple home remedies for a while.

Seek immediate medical attention if you:

Have severe pain or swelling

Have an open wound or a wound that is oozing pus

Have signs of infection, such as redness, warmth and tenderness in the affected area or you have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C)

Are unable to walk or put weight on your foot

Have diabetes and have any wound that isn’t healing or is deep, red, swollen or warm to the touch.

Schedule an office visit if you:


Have persistent swelling that doesn’t improve at all after two to five days of home treatment

Have persistent pain that doesn’t improve after several weeks

Have burning pain, numbness or tingling, particularly involving most or all of the bottom of your foot


If your foot pain is due to an injury or overuse, it will often respond well to rest and cold therapy. Avoid activities that may aggravate your foot pain, and put ice on your foot for 15 to 20 minutes several times a day. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications will also help with pain and may help with healing.


Even with the best of care, you may have some foot stiffness or pain, particularly first thing in the morning or after you’ve been active, for several weeks. If you are unsure of the cause of your foot pain, or if it is widespread or involving both feet, and particularly if you have diabetes, see your doctor before trying home remedies.