The management of foot pain varies. There are many conditions that can affect your feet. If you are generally healthy, proper shoes and over-the-counter foot products are usually all you need for most foot problems. Seek professional care if the problem persists or gets worse.
If you have diabetes, you need to take extra care of your feet on a daily basis. Many lower limb amputations in the United States are done on people with diabetes. Most of them can be prevented with proper foot care.
Treatment may involve any of the following:
Foot care. American Diabetes Association website. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html. Accessed December 28, 2012.
Foot care. National Institute on Aging website. Available at: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/foot-care. Updated April 18, 2012. Accessed December 28, 2012.
Foot care 101. American Podiatric Medical Association website. Available at: http://www.apma.org/files/FileDownloads/myFEETFootCare101.pdf. Accessed December 28, 2012.
Foot care basics: preventing and treating common foot conditions. Harvard Medical School website. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/special_health_reports/Foot_Care_Basics. Accessed December 28, 2012.
Last reviewed March 2016 by James Cornell, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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