Most minor toe, foot, or ankle
problems go away on their own. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to
relieve your pain, swelling, and stiffness.
If you have swelling, be sure to
remove all rings, anklets, or any other jewelry that goes around your leg or ankle.
It will be more difficult to remove your jewelry if swelling increases, which
in turn can cause other serious problems, such as nerve compression or
restricted blood flow.
Stop, change, or take a break from any activities that
cause your symptoms.
Avoid "running through the pain," which may
increase damage to your foot.
Consider changing your exercise
routine if you think running or another high-impact sport is causing your foot
pain. Switch temporarily to a low-impact exercise activity, such as
cross-country skiing, stair-climbing machines, bicycling (regular or
stationary), rowing, or swimming.
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child?s doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.
Try home treatment for these other foot problems such
Foot cramps. Try the following home treatment to
help relieve leg cramps:
Straighten your leg.
foot and pull it toward you. It is probably easiest to do this from a sitting
position. You can loop a towel around the end of your foot and pull it toward
you if you have trouble reaching your foot.
Never cut corns or calluses.
Infection may develop.
Some lotions and
moisturizers may also relieve symptoms from corns and calluses.
Blisters. Home treatment for blisters
depends on whether the blister is small or large and whether it has broken
open. See a picture of
Swollen ankles and feet. Try the
following home treatment measures to reduce swelling in your ankles and feet:
Elevate swollen feet and ankles on a
footstool or pillows (above the level of your heart) when sitting for any
length of time.
Get up and walk around for a few minutes every hour
if you sit for any length of time.
Cut down on your salt (sodium) intake. Sodium can be hidden in foods such as
cheese, canned soups, and salad dressing. Consider making your own
salt substitute. Talk to your doctor before trying a