Nailing Down Remedies for Managing Metatarsalgia

For some fancy footwork from talented up-and-comers, attend the free Hammer and Nail collaboration at Buskirk-Chumley Theatre on April 14 and 15. Student choreographers, composers, dancers, and musicians all team up to create original programs. It’s a one-of-a-kind performance, but one you might not enjoy as much if the ball of your foot feels under the hammer. Here are some home remedies for metatarsalgia to try when pain and inflammation hit.

Ice can be a faithful companion in fighting ball of foot pain. Apply cold to the area for about 20 minutes several times each day, making sure not to damage the skin from exposure. Take these times to elevate and rest your foot as well, especially after standing or walking for a while. People with diabetes should not put ice on their feet for any reason.

A better pair of shoes can also do wonders for metatarsalgia discomfort. A flatter heel and more room may be what you need, but you might also benefit from shoes that are better suited for the shape of your foot, gait, and activities. Shoes can also be boosted with metatarsal pads or custom orthotics for additional relief and comfort. A firm running shoe is also good for metatarsagia.

Over-the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can also offset pain and inflammation when needed. Remember to only use these medicines as directed.

If these remedies for metatarsalgia haven’t worked, and pain continues to pound away at the ball of your foot, call Dr. Kevin Powers. He and his helpful staff will help you get to the source of the problem and find more effective treatments. Call our Bloomington office at (812) 333-4422 to schedule an appointment.