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:
Schedule an office visit if you:
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.