Natural Home Remedies and Self Help Treatment Tips for Ball of Foot Pain (Neuroma, Calluses, Metatarsalgia)

Natural Home Remedies and Self Help Treatment Tips for Ball of Foot Pain (Neuroma, Calluses, Metatarsalgia)

Ball of Feet Pain - Self Treatment

Home treatment hints of ball of foot pain including neuromas,calluses and metatarsalgia

If you cannot see a podiatrist, or you want to try home treatment first,here are our suggestions on self treatment of pain under the ball of thefoot. If you do not have 100% relief within 3 weeks of following all ofthe instructions below, see a podiatrist.

12 Step Ball-of-Foot Pain Relief Plan
Use an arch support to transfer force off of theball of the foot. An arch support that will not collapse will do thebest job. We recommend thePowerstep Full Length Arch Support.

Use a sandal with an arch support to wear around thehouse. This will act to decrease pressure on the ball of your foot.We highly recommend theWave Flip-flop Sandal ? available here. Our patients lovethis flip flop.

juzo-silver-soled-sockWearing the correct socks can help reduce bunion pain. Socks helpin two ways. First by reducing friction on the bunion and second byproviding cushion. Cotton is a poor choice for people with bunionsbecause of high friction. Because it has low friction, no seam overthe bunion and cushions the bunion from shoe pressure, our favoritesock for bunions is theJuzo Silver Sole Sock. Available in whiteand black.

Silipos Metatarsal Gel StrapUse a silicone product to cushion the balls of your feet. Two that workvery well are theSilipos Metatarsal Gel Strapand theSilipos SoftSock.Both of these devices provide a tremendous amount of cushioning.

dress-gel-padFor cushioning in women?s dress shoes, where the Gel Strap and SoftSockwould be too big, try using aGel Metatarsal Pad.

Ice the painful area of your foot twice per evening for 10 minutes each time

orthogelUse a topical pain reliever such asOrthogel Cold Therapy Relief Gelduring the day.

If You Have Calluses
Calluses cause pain under the ball of the foot by increasing pressure.If you have calluses or dry skin under the ball of your feet, use thefollowing products in addition to those above:
hydrostat creamHydrostat Cream to soften the calluses

Pedinova Nail and callus SmootherUse a rotary tool such as thePediNova Electric Nail and Foot Care Kit to thin the callus. This professional quality callus and nail thinning tool allows you to thin your nail with a tool used by podiatrists.Four speeds including 10,000 RPM that allows easy thinning of the nails with no vibration.10 tools including long-lasting diamond burrs are includedFor perfectly thin nails, use this tool to grind the nail every week or so. Also good for calluses. Made with incomparable German technology.This is by far the best nail thinning tool we have found.There are less expensive ones available, but they don't have enough power or burr quality to effectively thin the nails.

gilden foot scrubbeGilden Tree Terra Cotta 2-Sided Footscrubber and Callus Remover

orthofeet-shoeFind a shoe store with well trained shoe fitters to fit yourshoes. You can find a list of shoe stores on ourShoe List. A goodshoe fitter will not only lead you to the best fitting shoes, butcan often modify the shoe to fit difficult to fit feet. If you don?thave a good shoe store nearby, theseOrthofeet Shoes for Women andOrthofeet Shoes for Men work great forball of foot pain as they have cushion and extraroom in the toe box to fit insoles. Both casual andathletic shoes are available.

Don?t live with pain under the balls of your feet. For the mosteffective and long-lasting treatment make an appointment to see us inour Seattle office.

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