Choosing When to See a Doctor for Foot Pain
When to Use Self-Care
Most often, when we feel pain in our feet, it is from over using the muscle or it’s from a non-serious injury. In this case, self-care is best.
Simply rest and apply cold compresses to the foot for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. You can also use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to help.
It is normal to have stiffness in the foot in the morning; however, if the pain persists or if it begins to spread, then it may be time to contact your doctor.
When to Schedule an Appointment
If your foot pain has persisted for more than three weeks, you have swelling that has not diminished after a week, and you’re now feeling a burning sensation in your feet, then it’s time to schedule an appointment. While not serious, you may need a doctor’s intervention to fully heal.
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If you have any of the following conditions, you need to go to the emergency room right away:
- You have severe swelling and extreme pain in the foot
- You are not able to walk on your foot
- You have an open wound on the foot that is oozing pus
- You have an infection
- You have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C)
- You have diabetes and a wound on the foot that isn’t healing