If you have foot pain or suspect that a bone in your toe or foot has been broken, call your doctor. Since you may be able to walk even if a foot bone has been fractured, particularly if it is a chipped bone or a toe fractur, do not wait.

Diagnosis of foot pain may include the following:

Initial Evaluation —Your doctor will review your medical history. You will be asked questions about your foot pain, daily activities, and any present or prior injuries.

Physical Exam —Your doctor will examine your feet. Many foot problems are visible or felt during an exam.

Imaging Studies

  • X-rays—Can identify problems, such as arthritis, bone spurs, fractures, bone tumors, and metallic foreign bodies.
  • MRI scan—Can look at other structures in the foot that may be causing pain.
  • CT scan—may be used as follow up for healed fratures or rigid flat feet
  • Ultrasound—especially for joint or soft tissue damage