There are lots of causes of foot pain. Painful feet that are interfering with your daily life should be checked out.

Common foot pain causes

We’re able to diagnose and treat most common types of foot pain, including:

  • Bursitis
  • Corns and calluses
  • Gout
  • Plantar fasciitis (heel pain)
  • Flat feet
  • Raynaud’s or Chilblains
  • Tendonitis
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Sprains and sports injuries

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See a podiatrist if:

  • the pain is severe or stopping you doing normal activities
  • the pain is getting worse or keeps coming back
  • the pain has not improved after treating it at home for 2 weeks
  • you have any tingling or loss of sensation in your foot
  • you have diabetes – foot problems can be more serious if you have diabetes

While you wait for your appointment


  • rest and raise your foot when you can
  • put an ice pack (or bag of frozen peas) in a towel on your foot for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours
  • wear wide comfortable shoes with a low heel and soft sole
  • take paracetamol if you’re able to (check with your pharmacist)
  • try regular gentle stretching exercises


  • do not take ibuprofen for the first 48 hours after an injury
  • do not walk or stand for long periods
  • do not wear high heels or tight pointy shoes

Health advice from NHS © Crown copyright