Home Relief for Metatarsal Pain

Metatarsalgia is a fifty dollar word for a very painful foot. More specifically it’s a range of symptoms that make themselves very evident by pain and the ball of the foot feels touchy and inflamed.

It is caused by too much stress being applied to the metatarsal heads and it quite often due to overuse of repetitive movements. Common sports that see this type of injury are basketball, sprinters, runners, and even soccer players. Burning pain when walking may indicate a severe case of metatarsalia.

If you think you may have metatarsalia, do not attempt to diagnose it yourself, please have your foot checked out by a qualified professional. It’s important to rule out other sources for your pain first and foremost as the pain you’re feeling could be hiding a much larger problem such as inflammatory arthritis or interdigital neuroma. Once you’ve been diagnosed with metatarsalgia, you can begin a home regimen to manage the pain and lessen the discomfort.

If your doctor says it’s fine, use an over the counter pain reliever and use an ice pack treatment for 15-20 minutes per session five to seven times a day. Use a wrap that will hold the cold in place.

Also, be sure to rest your feet. As simple as it sounds, the best treatment for a repetitive nature sports injury is to stop doing the repetitive motion that caused it in the first place. If you wish, continue your fitness regiment (obviously use your common sense and don’t aggravate your foot injury) until your injury is healed.

If you do not see improvement in a week, make an appointment with a physician and in the meantime, keep your foot chilly as needed and feel better soon!

Using Arthritis Therapy to Combat Pain and Discomfort

Just as there are many types of arthritis there are also many treatments. Some doctors will prescribe medications that will lessen the pain that arthritis sufferers are all too familiar with; other treatment regiments include ibuprofen and acetaminophen based medications which basically work by closing off the pain receptor in the brain for a short period time however the pain remains – you just don’t feel it until the medication wears off in a few hours.

There are also rounds of medications that can be taken and some arthritis sufferers find success in cyclo-oxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, steroids, and anti-biologic medications. Some people opt to have surgery as an option and in some cases it is effective – however there is still no sure cure for arthritis – just ways to manage the pain and living with your arthritis is a matter of finding what works best for your individual needs.

More and more doctors are steering patients away from addictive pain killers and instead teaching their patients to be active in their own arthritis pain management and use physical therapy to combat the discomfort that arthritis can cause.

If you suffer discomfort when laying down or sitting, cushion where you lay or sit to give your body a little extra comfort. You’ll be amazed at the difference it can make.

Most arthritis cases will respond well to heat. Instead of the old hot water bottle wrapped in a towel or shirt, opt for a professional heat wrap that can be placed exactly where you need it and wrapped in place so it’s directly where you’re being affected by arthritis as well as staying comfortably in place. If you need extra support, take advantage of the supports, slings and wraps to cushion common problem areas that arthritis affects such as wrists, hands, shoulders and knees.

Use these tips and lessen your discomfort from arthritis and don’t let pain slow your life down any longer.