Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Tender Foot Overview

Another name for Tender Foot is Foot Tenderness.

What is foot tenderness?
A person with foot tenderness has pain when pressure is applied to the skin over the foot. Foot tenderness is usually caused by infection, inflammation, or an injury to structures in the foot. Causes of foot tenderness include cellulitis, arthritis, Achilles tendinitis, foot tendinitis, peripheral vascular disease, osteoarthritis, gout, and foot injury.

What are the symptoms of foot tenderness?
Symptoms that may occur with foot tenderness include foot pain, foot swelling, foot bruising, foot redness, foot numbness, and toe numbness.

How does the doctor treat foot tenderness?
Treatment for foot tenderness depends on underlying cause. Treatment for foot tenderness may include rest, elevation, cold or warm compresses, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication, and antibiotics. A foot injury may also require treatment with a splint, a cast, or crutches.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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