A fracture or break is usually caused by some kind of trauma, for example a fall or misstep, impact from something heavy being dropped on your foot, or a car accident. Overuse can also cause stress fractures: tiny cracks in the bone, typically caused over time by repetitive movements or force.13
If your foot pain symptoms or ankle pain symptoms include severe pain, swelling, or an open wound, you should see a doctor. It is also important to see a professional if you’re unable to put weight on your foot or find it difficult to walk, if you have burning pain or numbness, or if you have diabetes. Your doctor may perform a physical examination, order imaging tests such as an X-ray or MRI, and give advice on what remedies are most appropriate to use for sore feet or ankles.