Usually, the initial treatment protocol for foot or ankle pain consists of modifying activity and constantly wearing appropriate shoes with heel cups or arch supports. It is possible that your orthopaedic foot and ankle doctor will recommend short-term rest and non-weight-bearing status for the initial healing response.
Pain can also be reduced with a boot walker to allow a more normal gait. Once healing takes place it will be important to identify the mechanical causes and insure that changes to these stressful factors be addressed. If needed, physicians may recommend anti-inflammatory medications, ice and heat applications, and possibly weight loss.
In the event of an acute severe injury or pain that worsens over time, surgery may be necessary to prevent or stabilize chronic conditions.