Metatarsalgia involves inflammation, pain, and discomfort in the ball of the foot. The pain can also appear in the metatarsal heads, and the metatarsal joints or bones can be affected.
What Causes Metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia pain can be attributed to sports that require jumping, running, or striking of the foot. It also appears in cases where women wear high heels, or with anyone, who has shoes that don’t fit correctly. There are also some medical conditions that can cause metatarsalgia.
Another cause of metatarsalgia is too much weight on the foot, and an enlarged foot. Pregnant women retain extra water in their feet, and that causes their feet to expand. When we get older, our tissues and ligaments weaken, as well.
Treatment for Metatarsalgia
- Stretch the Toes – One excellent treatment method is to stretch the toes. You can sit on a bed or a chair with your feet in the upright position. From there, use the fingers of your hand to reach down and grab around the toes, and pull them back towards you. You should begin to feel the toes stretching as well as the muscles and ligaments of the ball of your foot.
- Massage the Ball of the Foot – Sit in a chair and cross one foot over the opposite leg. Bend your fingers so the knuckles stick out. Take your knuckles and massage the ball of the feet. You can do this in an up and down and circular fashion to lessen the pain, and increase the circulation.
- For other treatment options, you should go and visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrist has a range of other options that can help treat your metatarsalgia.
Take care of your feet, and your feet will take good care of you. You need to depend on your feet every day, so treat metatarsalgia as soon as you notice the symptoms, and visit InMotion Foot and Ankle if you have any further questions.