People can relieve foot pain at home by resting the affected foot, elevating it, using foot pads, taking over-the-counter pain relief medications and applying ice to the affected area of the foot, according to Healthline. It may be necessary to combine treatments to get relief, depending on the severity and cause of the pain.
Ill-fitting shoes and high heels are a common cause of foot pain, though it may also be the result of an injury during exercise, notes Healthline. People who are overweight and pregnant women also commonly suffer from foot pain, and diseases such as diabetes can lead to foot sores, nerve damage in the feet or clogged arteries in the feet. Corns, bunions, fallen arches, ingrown toenails and athlete's foot also cause foot pain. Arthritis is another potential cause of foot pain, as there are more than 30 joints in the foot that can be affected by the condition.
People should see their doctors if their foot pain comes on suddenly, is very severe or is the result of a recent foot injury, advises Healthline. It's also important to see a doctor when the pain is accompanied by an open wound on the affected foot, a fever or a medical condition that interferes with blood flow to the feet.