Are your feet taking you where you want to go? If you’re constantly dealing with pain in the ball of your feet, also known as forefoot pain or metatarsalgia, probably not. When your feet hurt, daily chores can be miserable and it can be hard to find much fun in cherished activities and hobbies that require you to be on your feet.
Fortunately, many cases of ball of foot pain can be successfully improved and managed through relatively simple home care strategies. While the fundamental underlying causes of metatarsalgia can be varied and complicated (and, in fact, several combined factors could be at play), many home remedies are broadly applicable for many of them.
- Manage pain in the moment with OTC pain relievers (in moderation), metatarsal pads, ice, or massage.
- Try shock-absorbing insoles to lighten the blow of repeated impacts.
- Do your shoes fit? Are they comfortable and support your feet properly? If you answered no, consider changing to something better for your feet. Bad shoes can compromise your stride and cause chronic pain.
- Are you giving your feet a pounding (from, say, running on concrete or playing sports) without adequate break time? Give your feet a temporary break. In the future, mix in some low-impact exercise so you’re not always slamming the balls of your feet.
- Do you have high arches? Statistically you are more likely to develop metatarsalgia. Try arch supports and see if you notice an improvement.
If you’re still experiencing pain after a few weeks of self-care, call Dr. Keith McSpadden at North Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. We can isolate the specific causes of your pain and develop specialized treatment options to address your unique situation. To schedule an appointment with us in Cedar Park or Round Rock, TX, give us a call at 512-593-2949.