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Top Tricks for Treating Ball of Foot Pain at Home

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Magic aficionados in the Cincinnati area are no doubt familiar with The Magic Shop in Covington, KY—one of the best places around for professional, amateur, and aspiring magicians to stock up on the latest tools, toys, and tricks. Just about the only thing they don’t have is a magic elixir for your ball of foot pain, also known as metatarsalgia.

It may not be quite as simple as snapping your fingers and saying “presto,” but fortunately, metatarsalgia trouble usually responds well to conservative treatment, and there are even a lot of simple tricks you can do right at home to improve your situation—no magic required.

When symptoms first strike, get off your feet and use ice and/or an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (if your doctor approves) to get that initial pain under control. Ball of foot pain is often related to strenuous activity such as sports with a lot of running and jumping, so take a break and see if the situation improves.

Shoes make a big difference for foot pain—if you’re feeling metatarsal pain frequently, it just might have everything to do with your footwear. Look for shoes that fit comfortably, provide plenty of support and cushioning, and offer plenty of space for toes to wiggle around. A good tip: visit a specialty store (such as the Running Spot) and ask for help finding a shoe to fit your specific foot shape and type. Not only will a good pair of shoes reduce pain from everyday activity, but it can also help you prevent other foot problems such as bunions or hammertoes.

If you already have a good pair of kicks and still experience problems, you may benefit from a little mechanical assistance. Off-the-shelf cushioned insoles or metatarsal pads, placed inside your shoes, can absorb and redistribute the force of impacts, protecting sensitive areas from the brunt of the pain.

When at-home care isn’t cutting it for tough ball of foot pain, call Family Foot and Ankle Center. We’ll investigate the source of your pain, test for similar conditions or problems, and custom-tailor a treatment plan for your lifestyle, situation, and diagnosis. Set up an appointment today through our online contact form or by calling us at (513) 728-4800 or (859) 282-1572.

Dr. Cynthia Miller
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Dr. Cynthia Miller is a board certified podiatrist who has been established in the Cincinnati area since 2004.
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