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Shoes For Metatarsalgia
Shoes are just shoes: Shoe therapy is only marginal treatment. Metatarsalgia is a vague term that could be any one or several different problems, therefore, you must find out which specific problem you have not just that general term. Then if the problem can be solved with just padding the shoes can be used. ...Read more
Can a walking shoe/boot help metatarsalgia? (No stress fracture - MRI confirmed.) Tried everything else - PT, RICE, meds - still no relief. Ouch.
Find the cause.: The treatments you have tried are merely examples of treating the symptoms of metatarsalgia and not the cause. The cause is due to damaging pressures being applied to the metatarsal heads over time. Typically, being over weight, improper shoes, high arched feet and over use are the partly responsible. A great walking shoe and eliminating or reducing stressful activities would be a good start. ...Read more
Extra support: at the ball of the foot. Avoid extremely flat or extra flexible shoes. You need extra cushion at the forefoot to elevate the bones and reduce pressure. ...Read more
What's the best way to treat metatarsalgia that doesn't seem to be responding to wearin comfortable shoes and resting?
Rest isn't enough: The cause of the metatarsalgia has to be looked into. There may be something mechanical in how you are built and/or walk which needs to be addressed, possibly via the use of a custom orthotic. There can be other causes too, depending on the nature of the symptoms. I'd suggest consulting with a friendly podiatrist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I experience pain in the joint where my toes meet the ball of my foot. How do I cure it?Metatarsalgia i changed shoes probably two months ago and then a month ago and i feel like that's when the pain appeared. It gets better when i stretch my toes but ove
"Metatarsalgia" : "metatarsalgia" is just a general term meaning pain beneath the metatarsal bones. It's not a disease entity, but rather a symptom of something else. Without more details, it's hard to give you a meaningful answer, but the common causes of pain under the ball of the foot include neuroma (a benign thickening of a nerve), bursitis (inflammation of a little sac of fluid), stress fracture, capsulitis (inflammation of a joint capsule, the membrane that surrounds a joint), tendonitis, sesamoiditis (inflammation of one or both of the two small, round bones invested in a tendon underneath the 1st metatarsal head, and of course, good old "arthritis" and its associated joint issues. Neuroma pain is usually described as a burning sensation, and typically is relieved by removing one's shoes. If you can associate the onset of your pain with new shoes or a change in the type of shoes you're wearing, it could still be any one of the aforementioned items that was just made more apparent with a new shoe that was a bit less flexible, perhaps, being new, and pressure and rubbing from the new shoe caused you to feel a pain that was not otherwise felt in those old, comfy shoes. I apologize for being vague with my answer, but there is an impressive list of problems that can cause "metatarsalgia, " and your best bet is to see a podiatrist and get diagnosed. Good luck! feel better. ...Read more
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