metatarsalgia

Get Rid of Metatarsalgia Naturally

Pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot is known as metatarsalgia and can become a serious condition if left untreated long enough. It typically occurs when extra weight and pressure are applied to the metatarsal bones of the foot. The metatarsal bones stretch from the arch of the foot to the toe joints. Runners, those with a high arch, frequent heel wearers, and overweight people suffer from this more frequently than others.

 

How do I know if I have metatarsalgia?

  • Pain in the toes
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Sharp pain
  • Burning
  • Aching
  • Shooting pains
  • Feels like you’re walking on a stone

 

How do I prevent metatarsalgia?

  • Eliminate foot friction
  • Eliminate pressure points in the foot
  • Use orthotics and pads to give the balls of your feet proper cushioning and support
  • Take care of calluses
  • Wear shoes that fit properly
  • Make sure your shoes provide adequate cushioning

 

How can I treat metatarsalgia?

  • Rest your feet! Get off them for at least 24 hours.
  • Ice for ten minutes frequently.
  • Use a pressure bandage to help decrease pain and swelling.
  • Carefully remove any calluses.
  • Consider orthotics to help align your feet properly in your shoes.
  • Continue exercising using low-impact alternatives such as swimming.
  • Do simple stretching exercises to help regain range of motion.
  • Wear socks when wearing shoes to help reduce friction.
  • Wear gel pads on the balls of your feet to provide extra cushioning and support when you have to wear shoes.
  • Consider arch supports to help reduce the impact on your feet.
  • Make sure your shoes fit properly and offer the right kind of support.
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