As we approach the last semifinal games of this year’s World Cup, you know each team is doing their very best to keep their players healthy and as injury-free as possible. All it takes is one wrong step on the pitch to lose the ball and a valuable player. Of course, overuse injuries like metatarsalgia can be just as detrimental to players’ skills and concentration as traumatic ones—and make participating in sports just as unpleasant for the rest of us who aren’t world-class soccer stars.
Metatarsalgia is a painful inflammation in the ball of your foot that can be caused by a variety of problems. Usually the condition worsens under pressure, like walking or running, and doesn’t improve without treatment. There are ways you can relieve your discomfort, though, so you can enjoy your activities again.
You may need to change your shoes. Stick to styles that have wide toe boxes and sufficient arch support. Avoid models that are too flat or have raised heels, since they shift pressure onto the ball of the foot. Soft pads in your shoes may help your foot absorb shock better and reduce the strain on your forefoot. You may need orthotics to control faulty biomechanics contributing to the problem as well. Also, make sure you rest your feet for a while—especially if you’ve spent an extended period of time standing or walking around. Use ice to decrease the irritation under the ball of the foot and discourage swelling.
Metatarsalgia is uncomfortable, but treatments are available so it doesn’t limit or control the activities you do. If you’re struggling with ball of the foot pain, don’t wait for it to get better on its own. Contact us at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas for an appointment to find a treatment that works. Call (702) 839-2010 or use our website request form to reach us.