Symptoms and Treatment for Metatarsalgia

Pain associated with the middle toes of the foot is most likely Metatarsalgia. This painful foot disorder results in swelling and inflammation of the joints and bones making up the ball of the foot area. Other symptoms can include sharp pain behind the toes in the ball of foot area. Pain increases with any activity that causes weight transfer to the toes, running, walking, jumping, or standing on hard surfaces for extended periods.

This disorder can occur to active people from constant pressure of their weight as it transfers to the toes as they walk, run/jog or jump. People engaging in a sporting activity are most susceptible; although, people who have jobs that require long periods of standing or walking are just as susceptible.

Despite the pain and discomfort, Metatarsalgia is not a serious condition; however, as with any painful condition, it can effect your activity and lifestyle because of the restricted foot movement. People experiencing pain relating to Metatarsalgia may find it difficult to perform any type of activity that forces weight transfer to the toe region, jumping, for example.

While the condition may seem to come on all at once, Metatarsalgia actually develops over a period of weeks or months. Age is a factor as older people are more susceptible due to a decreased amount of natural cushioning in the forefoot area. Athletes who continuously train by participation in running, jumping or related activities are highly susceptible to contracting this disorder.

Treatment for debilitating disorder includes rest, ice packs several times a day for the first few days to reduce swelling and keeping stress off the balls of the feet. Mild medication such as ibuprofen helps to reduce swelling and pain. Most cases require only mild treatment. Switching to low impact activities such as swimming, to rest the afflicted area is recommended.

For people who must remain active, a simple solution that will reduce discomfort is to wear shock absorbing, cushioning insoles, preferably ones that include a metatarsal pad. Spenco and Pedag are two manufacturers that offer several qualityfoot care products that can prevent and provide relief for Metatarsalgia.

The Spenco Polysorb Walker Runner Insoles include deep heel cupping for extraordinary deep heel cup cushioning, moderate arch support, increased forefoot cushioning and a metatarsal pad for prevention and treatment of Metatarsalgia and Morton's Neuroma. Other Spenco products that have been proven to offer prevention and relief from Metatarsalgia include the Spenco Total Support Original Insoles have a deep heel cup, extraordinary shock absorption in the heel strike area, forefoot cushioning and a metatarsal pad.

Pedag offers fine quality, vegetable tanned Leather Orthotic Arch Support Insoles that include a Metatarsal Pad. The Pedag Holiday Insoles are a 3/4 length Insole while the Pedag Viva Orthotic Insoles are a full length Insole. The Pedag Comfort Insoles focus on the forefoot area and are designed with protection for the Forefoot. Pedag Insoles are made in Germany and unlike most other Insole brands, they are not made from a synthetic material produced from a mold. Pedag are made from all natural, breathable materials, including vegetable tanned leather. They have a thin design to allow for fitting in shoes without making shoes too tight for comfort.

Regardless of what brand or style you choose, there is an answer for Metatarsalgia. You do not have to tolerate forefoot pain, start enjoying your activities. You can view all of our Insoles and Inserts to help prevent and treat a title="Metatarsalagia and Metatarsal Insoles and Inserts" href="" target="_blank">Metatarsalgia, today!

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