Foot pain may be caused by injuries (sprains, strains, bruises, and fractures), diseases (diabetes, Hansen disease, and gout), viruses, fungi, and bacteria (plantar warts and athlete's foot), or even ingrown toenails. Pain and tenderness may be accompanied by joint looseness, swelling, weakness, discoloration, and loss of function. Minor foot pain can usually be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation and OTC medications such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Severe pain should be treated by a medical professional. Read more: Foot Pain Article
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Picture of Ingrown Toenail
A common disorder that occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the skin of the toe particularly on the big (great) toe....
Picture of Corns
A corn is a build-up of hard skin near a bony area of a toe or between toes. See a picture of Corns and learn more about the...
Picture of Blisters
Wearing shoes that do not fit properly or wearing shoes without socks can cause blisters, which can become infected. See a...
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The end of the leg on which a person normally stands and walks. See a picture of Foot Anatomy Detail and learn more about the...
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A bunion is a localized painful swelling at the base of the big toe (the great toe). See a picture of Bunion and learn more about...
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Corns generally occur on the tops and sides of the toes. See a picture of Corns and Calluses and learn more about the health...
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Ingrown Toenail (Onychocryptosis)
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Gout (Gouty Arthritis)
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Warts (Common Warts)
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Peripheral Vascular Disease
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A broken foot is a common injury. There are 26 bones in the foot, and these bones can be broken (fractured) in a variety of...
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
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Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- Ibuprofen vs. Meloxicam (Mobic) for Pain
- Ibuprofen (Advil) vs. Naproxen (Aleve): Comparison of Differences
- Pain Medications (Narcotics)
- Tramadol: for Pain (Ultram, Ultram ER, Conzip)
- Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen for Pain (Differences in Side Effects and Dosage)
- codeine (for Pain)
- naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn)
- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone
- Oxycodone for Pain (OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta, Oxaydo, Xtampza ER, Roxybond)
- Oxycodone vs. Tramadol for Pain
- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- Oxycodone vs. Codeine
- cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix, Fexmid)
- Oxycodone vs. Vicodin (hydrocodone/acetaminophen) for Pain
- Aleve (naproxen) vs. Celebrex (celecoxib)
- hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Tramadol (Ultram) Side Effects
- Over-the-Counter Products
- Aspirin vs. NSAIDs (Side Effect and Use Differences)
- Percocet vs. Lortab for Pain
- fenoprofen, Nalfon
- hydrocodone (Zohydro ER)
- salsalate, Amigesic, Salflex, Argesic-SA, Marthritic, Salsitab, Artha-G
- choline magnesium salicylate, Trilisate
Prevention & Wellness
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- Health Tip: Treating Plantar Warts
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- 'Fish Pedicure' Caused One Woman's Toenails to Stop Growing
- Pack the Right Footwear for Summer Vacations
- Health Tip: Relieve Your Blister, Corn or Callus
- Foot Fungus on the Run But Race Has a Long Way to Go
- Are Pricey Orthotic Insoles Worth It for Heel Pain?
- Health Tip: Prevent Warts on Your Feet
- Health Tip: When Arthritis Strikes Your Feet
- Health Tip: Prepare for Your First Podiatrist Visit
- Health Tip: Holiday Foot-Care Advice
- The Right Shoes Can Help Prevent Falls
- Health Tip: Preventing Diabetic Foot Sores
- Flip-flops: Fun in the Sun, but Tough on Feet
- Health Tip: Avoid Tight Shoes
- Health Tip: Sandals May Cause Foot Problems
- Health Tip: Dealing With Foot Arthritis
- Health Tip: Think You Fractured Your Foot?
- Health Tip: Recognize a Foot Neuroma
- Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoe for a Hammer Toe
- Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well
- Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics
- Cushioned Shoe Inserts Won't Guard Against Injury: Review
- Winter Shoes Can Boost Bunion Pain
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Corns and Calluses
- Health Tip: Choose the Right Shoes
- Health Tip: Easing Bunions
- Expert Offers Advice on Treating Corns, Calluses
- Health Tip: Considering Shoe Inserts
- Health Tip: Prevent Heel Pain
- Health Tip: Shoe Inserts May Help Pain
- Start Your Hike on the Right Foot With Proper Footwear
- Health Tip: Coping With a Bump on the Back of the Heel
- Health Tip: Common Causes of Foot Arthritis
- Health Tip: Boost Balance With the Right Shoes
- Health Tip: Shopping for Athletic Shoes
- Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts
- Health Tip: Battling Bunion Pain
- Health Tip: When Feet Sweat
- Health Tip: Pain in the Foot?
- Health Tip: Take Care of Your Feet
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- Health Tip: Understanding Corns and Calluses
- Health Tip: Keeping Seniors on Their Feet
- Health Tip: Choose a Sturdy Pair of Flip-Flops
- Health Tip: Cold Feet?
- Health Tip: When Tendinitis Affects Your Feet
- Your Feet Aren't So Evolved After All, Study Reveals
- Health Tip: Fit Your Teen's Feet
- Health Tip: Recognizing Plantar Fasciitis
- Flip-Flops May Put You on Path to Foot Trouble
- Health Tip: Understanding Heel Pain
- Pregnancy Boosts Size of Women's Feet, Study Finds
- Health Tip: Manage Bunion Pain
- Health Tip: How Your Feet Age
- Health Tip: Before You See a Podiatrist
- Health Tip: Feet That Hurt
- Health Tip: Protect Your Feet From Fungus
- Health Tip: Shoes Too Tight?
- Health Tip: What to do About Corns and Calluses
- Health Tip: Wearing Flip Flops
- Health Tip: Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis?
- Health Tip: Symptoms of Foot Arthritis
- Solving the Medical Mystery of Cold Feet
- Happy Feet: Plastic Surgery for Best Foot Forward
- Health Tip: Buying Shoes for Your Child
- Health Tip: Protect Your Feet
- Health Tip: Be Safe During a Pedicure
- Flip-Flops: Your Arch Enemy?
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Warts on the Feet
- Health Tip: Help Your Feet Beat Summer's Heat
- Health Tip: Easing Heel Pain
- Barefoot Running Can Be Great, but Tread Carefully
- Health Tip: Managing a Hammertoe
- Health Tip: Stress Fracture of the Foot
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Foot and Ankle Injuries
- Health Tip: Is That Bump a Bunion?
- Health Tip: The Causes of Corns
- Health Tip: What Triggers Ingrown Toenails?
- Health Tip: Help Prevent Heel Problems
- High Heels Can Bring on Ingrown Toenails
- Health Tip: Warning Signs of Foot Arthritis
- New Therapy Might Help Relieve Painful Foot Condition
- Wrong Shoes Make Gout Pain Worse
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