Metatarsalgia is a term used for pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot. There may be some visible swelling on the bottom (plantar) aspect of the foot as well. Usually, there is no redness or other signs of infection. It may be the result of high-impact activities such as running and jumping. It can also occur from retrograde pressure caused by hammertoes.
Ways to reduce symptoms naturally:
- Metatarsal pads. Make sure you read instructions for proper placement. The pad’s leading edge should be just below (in the direction of the heel) the metatarsal heads, not under them. If this increases symptoms, remove it immediately.
- Essential Oils: Deep blue rub and oil, copaiba
- Custom orthotics: alignment can be a factor in causing symptoms in the ball of the foot. A metatarsal pad can be placed within the device, making for easier placement without slippage.
- Epsom salt warm water soaks to help reduce inflammation.
- Earthing. Place your feet in direct contact with the earth or use an indoor earthing pad. Earthing is a natural way to decrease pain and inflammation.
- Strengthening the foot reduces the overall risk of injury. Toe and heel raise, yoga, and barefoot walking in safe areas are ways to increase foot power!
If conditions persist, visit your Podiatrist to rule out more severe conditions such as a stress fracture or plantar plate tear and neuroma. Avoid narrow shoes and shoes without arch support.