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How can I treat foot pain?

Treatment depends on the exact cause of the foot pain. It may include rest, pain relievers, stretching exercises, and/or a change in habits or footwear. It may include a cast, if you broke a bone, or the removal of plantar warts, corns, or calluses. You may need to wear orthotics, or shoe inserts, or do physical therapy to relieve tight or overused muscles.

The following steps may help relieve your foot pain:

  • Apply ice to reduce pain and swelling

  • Raise your painful foot as much as possible

  • Reduce your activity until you feel better

  • Wear foot pads to prevent rubbing and irritation

  • Use an over-the-counter pain medicine.

Other measures can be taken to treat the cause of your foot pain.