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Is My Foot Pain Urgent?

It can be difficult to discern between serious foot pain and foot pain that may be more mild and responsive to at-home foot care. Luckily, we’re here to let you know what to look out for when assessing your discomfort. Generally speaking, foot conditions that need more immediate attention from a qualified specialist may present symptoms such as swelling, a complete inability to walk, and symptoms that may indicate an infection. Try not to worry, however, as there are treatment options out there for you. The key is being responsible and taking that first “step,” so to speak, in determining if your foot pain is cause for alarm. Keep reading to learn what symptoms indicate an urgent situation that requires care from a qualified foot specialist as quickly as possible.

Is Your Foot Pain Urgent? Seek Care ASAP If You’re Experiencing The Following Symptoms:

  • Severe pain and total inability to put pressure on your foot or ankle
  • Swelling
  • Signs of infection (fever, open wound on the foot, redness, etc)
  • A recent fall or accident may indicate a possible sprain in the foot or ankle
  • Likewise, a recent fall or accident may indicate a broken bone in the foot or ankle

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Sprain or Broken Bone In The Foot Or Ankle

Your foot pain may be urgent if you’ve experienced a recent accident, such as a fall, and notice signs of a foot or ankle sprain. Clear signs of a sprain include bruising, swelling, and severe pain that completely prevents one from walking. What’s more, even slightly touching the sprain may be painful. If you suspect you have an ankle or a foot sprain, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Failure to tend to a sprain, or ignoring a possible sprain, can lead to such effects as Arthritis in your joints and recurring foot or ankle pain.

Similar to a sprain, a broken bone in the foot will be tender to the touch. It will also be characterized by swelling, intense onset pain, and an inability to walk. Since our feet are comprised of 26 bones, the location of the fracture may determine the severity in terms of pain. Broken bones in the foot or ankle can range from anywhere from the big toe to one of the bones in your ankle joint. It is critical to see a chiropodist as soon as possible if you suspect you have a broken bone. Moreover, disregarding a possible fracture can lead to complications such as a bone infection, or arthritis.

Treatment Options For Sprains And Broken Bones

In order to treat a broken bone or a sprain in the foot or ankle, a chiropodist will need to determine the exact location of the fracture or sprain by doing a thorough assessment which may also require the patient acquiring diagnostic imaging elsewhere. Unless the location of the fracture or sprain is clear, they will need some time during your visit to determine the affected area. If the fracture or sprain is particularly serious, a surgery may be required. Other options for treatment that your chiropodist will thoughtfully incorporate into a plan include:

  • Rest – this is a given
  • Keeping your foot elevated during rest
  • Soothing the affected area with ice, preferably an ice pack. Compression is very important
  • Foot splint
  • A cast or a crutch
  • When the healing process has progressed, supportive footwear such as Custom orthotics may be recommended to ensure proper rehabilitation

Please note, if a surgical procedure focusing on the bone is required, you should discuss this with your family doctor. They will need to refer you to a podiatrist or an orthopaedic surgeon rather than a chiropodist, if this is the case. 

Doctor or physiotherapist giving treatment to broken leg patient


Foot swelling can be quite alarming, and could be indicative of a serious condition. A common occurrence for those suffering from Diabetes, a sprain, or an infection, if you notice your foot pain is accompanied by swelling, you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible. Medical News Today states that diabetes patients should see a doctor if there is swelling present in the foot or ankle. Furthermore, diabetes patients should ensure that regular visits with a qualified Chiropodist are a part of their routine. A chiropodist can help prevent complications by attending to Diabetes related foot conditions on a regular basis. 


Some foot conditions involving small wounds, cuts or other vulnerable lacerations, including Blisters, Plantar warts and Ingrown toenails, can lead to an infection if left completely untreated. Moreover, the following symptoms could indicate an infection in your foot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Fever
  • Warm skin surrounding infected area
  • Pus from an open wound

Furthermore, those suffering with diabetes need to do everything they can to prevent foot ulcers that can ultimately lead to infections. Foot ulcer symptoms include a foul smell coming from the foot, fluid coming from the affected area, redness and irritation. According to Healthline, “infected diabetic ulcers and bacterial cellulitis require medical treatment.” Depending on the severity of a foot ulcer, a chiropodist may perform a surgery. Other treatment options that tackle infections include:

  • Prescribed medications (pills or creams)
  • Antibiotics
  • Meticulous cleaning of the affected area
  • In the case of an infection caused by a plantar war, Cryotherapy may be required

Ankle sprain

We Can Help!

Are you experiencing severe foot pain? Whether you’re on the mild or severe side of the spectrum, you can rest easy knowing we’re able and happy to solve all your foot care needs. If you think your foot pain is cause for alarm, don’t hesitate to book an assessment with one of our qualified foot specialists. We’re open 6 days a week, and are ready to work with you and get you back on your feet!

Call us at 416-769-FEET (3338) or Book Your Assessment Today!


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