How To Ease Foot Pain And Swelling
- Aug 07, 2018 -

Try these things for a week:

  • put as little weight as possible on the foot – if you can, avoid standing on it

  • put an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas in a towel) on the foot for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours

  • wear comfortable shoes – for example, avoid shoes with heels

  • take paracetamol

If the skin on your foot looks flaky or blistered, see your pharmacist. They can recommend a cream.

see a GP if:

  • the pain doesn't go away

  • the pain is very bad

  • your symptoms suddenly get much worse

  • you keep getting the same pain

  • you have a very high temperature or you feel hot and shivery

  • your groin feels tender and painful (swollen glands) – this can be a sign of infection


  • A foot specialist can help with foot pain

  • Your GP might refer you to a foot specialist (podiatrist or chiropodist) to get help with your pain.

  • They should be able to tell you what's wrong with your foot and recommend things like creams or insoles.

  • You can also pay to see a podiatrist privately.

See a Pif: