From warts to bunions, feet can suffer from some painful conditions. Use this chart to find appropriate self-care options.
Foot deformities are not unusual in new-
1. Is the person a child or a newborn with a
is a common disorder in
See your doctor. Treatment is usually more effec-
which one or both feet are turned inward or
tive when started early.
The cause may be FEMORAL
2. Is the person a child or a toddler with
ANTEVERSION, TIBIAL TORSION or
See your doctor.
METATARSUS ADDUCTUS, commonly
toes that point in?
You may have a
Apply ice to the foot and take an over-the-counter
3. Did your foot pain begin after intense
the bones in your foot. The pain from stress
anti-inflammatory medicine to relieve pain. See
fractures usually decreases with rest and
your doctor if you don't feel better within a few
increases with activity.
4. Did your foot pain or swelling begin with
Go to Question 9.*
an injury or accident?
Use ice and an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory
5. Is there swelling or redness on top of
Your pain may be from DAMAGE TO THE
medicine. See your doctor if the pain doesn't get
SKIN OR TENDONS on top of the foot.
better within a few days.
See your doctor. Apply ice to reduce the swelling
6. Are you unable to stand or walk on your
Your FOOT or ANKLE BONE may be
and take an over-the-counter analgesic such as
foot and is your foot swollen or bruised?
ibuprofen to help relieve pain.