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How can I relieve foot pain?

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  • Spend more time off your feet.
  • Massage your feet. You can rub your feet with your hands or move them over a rolling pin.
  • Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Wear shoe inserts. Over-the-counter inserts may provide enough support. In some cases, your doctor may recommend prescription orthotics.

If you have swelling that hasn’t improved within 2 to 5 days, pain that continues for a few weeks, or have burning pain, numbness, or tingling in your foot, call your doctor.

From: Tips for Healthy Feet WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts:  Tips for managing.”

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management: “Smelly Feet and Food Odor.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene.” 

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar fasciitis.” 

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Corns and Calluses.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Foot Health.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel pain.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sweaty Feet.”

Bassett, D. , October 2010. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Medline Plus: “Foot Health.”

National Diabetes Education Program: “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime.”

National Institutes of Health.

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New study shows high heels are biggest culprit of female foot pain."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New survey reveals majority of Americans suffer from foot pain."

University of Wyoming: “Step Conversions.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 02, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Warts:  Tips for managing.”

American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management: “Smelly Feet and Food Odor.”

American Diabetes Association: “Foot Complications.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “How to Practice Good Foot Hygiene.” 

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Plantar fasciitis.” 

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Corns and Calluses.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Foot Health.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Heel pain.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sweaty Feet.”

Bassett, D. , October 2010. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Medline Plus: “Foot Health.”

National Diabetes Education Program: “Take Care of Your Feet for a Lifetime.”

National Institutes of Health.

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New study shows high heels are biggest culprit of female foot pain."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "New survey reveals majority of Americans suffer from foot pain."

University of Wyoming: “Step Conversions.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on May 02, 2019

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