My youngest cat has hurt his paw, and we took him to the vets, who said there is nothing bone wise thats broken, and nothing stuck in his paw, so there is no "reason" why he should be in pain.
I however know that if your bones are fine, and nothing stuck in the paw does not mean he may of pulled a muscle or ligaments etc (I have ripped my ligaments in both my ankles), which should heal over time.
He will run, and walk on the paw normally when needed. He has not lost his appetite and even uses the scratch post.
We was given pain killers, enough for a week, and told to go back for more if he is still in pain as they will do MRI type scans... I know from experience that Rest and pain free is a key factor, so should I go back to the vets when medication is low without the cat in question as going to the vets is a long travel for him and don't want to put him though additional stress as its a 40 minute drive and they already have seen him.
What do I do?
Yes, he goes out but we live far away from the road and he does not go anywhere near it so run over is out of the question.
I think he has landed badly and strained the paw area.