Posts for tag: Metatarsalgia
Curing the Achy Feet
Suffering from aching feet can really run you down. It makes everyday tasks feel harder and more exhausting. When your feet swell, it can also be harder to find a pair of shoes that fit you comfortably. This can make it harder to get out the door and deal with the simple tasks your daily life demands. Instead of moping around, it is important to call a foot doctor. Not only can a foot doctor diagnose your pain, but he or she can also prescribe different treatments to help deal with the pain. Metatarsalgia, an overuse injury, is very treatable once diagnosed. Here are some treatments a podiatrist may suggest:
- Rest your feet. After a long day, your feet can get tired and begin to hurt. Resting takes pressure of the feet and can provide relief.
- Buy the right shoes. Properly fitting footwear can also remove pressure from the foot which can reduce or cure swelling, inflammation and pain.
- Shed some extra weight. Extra body weight puts more pressure on the feet which can cause them to become aggravated, damaged and sore. Less weight reduces the effect.
- Get out and exercise. Exercise can strengthen muscles and help the foot become stronger overall. Stronger and healthier feet are less likely to suffer from metatarsalgia.
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs can be useful to quell the swell and give relief to those achy feet.
- Get some custom orthotics. A podiatrist can make these inserts for you in their office. They are custom made for your foot and can easily be put into a shoe. Not only do they support the foot, but they can reduce pain and swelling drastically.
Metatarsalgia pain can severely impact your everyday lifestyle. In order to prevent this pain from ruling your life, it is important to see a podiatrist. Not only can they diagnose your problem but they can help manage the pain too. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Metatarsalgia doesn’t have to keep you laid up.
Metatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:
- Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot -- the part of the sole just behind the toes
- Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
- Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
- Numbness or tingling in the toes
- A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
- Pain that increases when walking barefoot
Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:
- Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
- Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
- Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
- Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
- Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.
Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.
When conservative treatments aren't affective and pain persists, visit Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist at our Saginaw office may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.