What You Can Do to Help Alleviate Ball of Foot Pain
- First Plan of Action – Get an appointment with your doctor to rule out any broken bones or serious medical issues.
- Consult with a Podiatrist. Since Podiatrists are foot care specialists, they may have more insights to help you heal than your general practice doc.
- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation… traditional ways to manage pain and swelling based on your doctors recommendations can always be beneficial.
- Stay off Your Feet. It’s challenging to have a life and stay off your feet, but crutches may help keep you from putting too much weight on your foot to give it a rest.
- Evaluate your Foot Mechanics: (or have a Podiatrist, or other foot-care expert take a look at your foot.)
It’s the pointing action of the toes that helps to strengthen the arches of the feet, stretches out the top of the foot, and propels us through space when we walk and run.For most people, the toes are stiff. But it may be worse if you’re experiencing foot pain. If you have stiff toes, hammer toes, flat feet, fallen arches, or chronic ball of foot pain, the toes may be spending too much time flexed up and need to learn how to point down to help decrease the pressure and pain under the ball of the feet. Here’s the good news. There are lots of easy foot stretching and strengthening exercises that you can do to help your feet feel better. If the bones of our toes and feet aren’t in the proper alignment to function well it’s because the muscles are tight and/or weak. As with any other muscle in the body – this can change with regular exercise. Awareness of your current habits is critical because these habits will need to change for you to see improvements. Gaining the proper balance of strength and flexibility in your feet with exercise will insure that in time your ball of foot pain will diminish and hopefully resolve completely. To start learning easy foot fitness exercises you can do at home, checkout the foot-care exercises in Fantastic Feet! Exercises to Strengthen the Ankles, Arches, and Toes. You’ll also find foot fitness tips and videos with some of the Fantastic Feet exercises at http://Youtube.com/centerworks. It’s NOT OK to live with foot pain, and there are things you can do to make it better. Don’t let ball of foot pain, or any foot pain put a damper on your exercise program or active, healthy lifestyle. Take action today to ensure healthy pain-free feet forever!