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Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 16 years of experience. I look forward to working with you. I apologize no expert has jumped into answer until now, but this is a tough question. I wish I had good news for you but I do not.
There really is not much you can do at home for this other than encourage him to rest and continue to eat/drink. That is the bad news. First, we need to confirm if the paw is fractured which will require an examination and likely radiograph (X-ray). If fractured, then the treatment depends on what is fractured. In some cases the paw can be splinted with weekly bandaging changes and in others surgical repair is needed. This is NOT a do-it-yourself project at home. Splinting is a technical process that if done incorrectly can lead to significant complications.
There are not any effective and safe over-the-counter pain control products. You cannot use acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen. Aspirin is possible but does not provide good pain relief, especially for a potential fracture. If you would like to try this produce, then visit your nearest pet store and they do sell dog aspirin. It also comes with a high risk for stomach ulceration which is why I am not a fan of this product.