Treatment for Metatarsal Pain

Metatarsal region in the foot is the area at the base of the toes in the sole of the foot. The area consists of the metatarsal bones and their connections with the bones of the toes. It will usually have a padded soft tissue support and would take the brunt of the forces ensued at times of running and jumping. Therefore, basketball players and other sportsmen who are involved with such sports are more likely to develop this problem.

The metatarsal pain or in medical terms the ‘metatarsalgia’ is not only a condition limited to sportsmen and women, but it can be seen in many people due to various causes. In certain instances the cause can be the ill fitting shoes and sometimes the shoes which end as a narrowed pointer. In other instances, the arches in the foot might not have grown adequately to distribute the forces appropriately which could mean that the metatarsal area will take more stress that might lead to injury and thus pain. Arthritis is also a causative factor for metatarsalgia and previous surgeries or trauma to the region will also make a person more susceptible towards this condition.

Therefore, the treatment of this condition will have to address all these issues whichever is making the pain to last and apply necessary options as appropriate.

Following are some of the treatment options that can be suggested in order to relieve metatarsal pain.

*Take adequate rest from the work that you are involved with, if this is causing the problem. In such instances, this will be the single most important treatment modality and other areas in the body need not be rested along with the metatarsal area of the foot.

*Apply ice packs to the area to sooth the injuries that may have occurred and this could be done for 15 – 20 minutes at a time for several times a day. Make sure you do not allow the ice to touch the skin as it can damage the skin while trying to relieve the metatarsal pain.

*In certain instances, massages will also help and it’s important for someone who specializes in doing so to undertake the procedure.

*Wearing footwear that fits adequately and provides adequate support when making the moves.

*Making use of extra padding underneath the metatarsal region within the shoes. It should be remembered that there are different types of padding made out of rubber, gel, plastic…etc for best comfort and protection.

*Take analgesics as prescribed by your physician and it could also include an anti-inflammatory medication as well.

*Surgical correction of the metatarsal region. This method is used to properly align the metatarsal bones and to remove the excessive soft tissues that may be causing poor weight distribution and inflammation. In another form of surgical interventions, the nerve responsible for the pain sensation would be removed in order to prevent the feeling of pain.