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-BALL OF THE FOOT PAIN-

Metatarsalgia describes a painful foot condition characterized by inflammation under the “lesser balls” of the foot near the toes.

Besides pain, other symptoms can include numbness and tingling in the toes, sharp pain with foot flexion, and the feeling that you're walking on a marble or stone.

-HOW DID I GET IT?-

Metatarsalgia is most commonly caused by a flat and floppy foot.

When the arch of the foot fails to support your body weight against gravity, it drops causing the forefoot to spread or widen.

walking barefoot on concrete

Repetitive stress is unnaturally shifted to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsal heads which are NOT designed to handle this constant source of more stress.

Over time, thanks to repetitive stress, the forefoot and metatarsals begin to break down and hurt.

It’s really that simple, but what you choose to do next will make the difference between short term relief and long term correction.

-WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR METATARSALGIA?-

There are Two Options in the Treatment of Metatarsalgia!
1. Temporarily reduce the inflammation & improve foot function
2. Correct the cause

 

-Temporarily Reduce Inflammation & Improve Foot Function-

-THE WASTED TIME & MONEY LIST-

Foot Bath

This particular treatment for metatarsalgia is actually the combination of 2 minerals - magnesium and sulfate. Foot baths using Epsom salts can help regulate enzyme activity and flush toxins. Epsom salt foot baths can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Drawbacks:
Epsom salt foot baths take time - at least 30 minutes per day.

Altra Zero Drop Footwear

According to the manufacturer, this particular treatment for metatarsalgia, is the world's first high cushioned, high stability Zero Drop™ running shoe is using a revolutionary new feature, StabiliPod™ technology.

Drawbacks:
This is a shoe that’s not specific to individual needs. It’s pre-made for the masses!

Cost: $125

Toe Extensor Stretch

Stretching designed to reduce the extension/dorsiflexion stress at the forefoot due to the design of made for the masses footwear.

Drawbacks:
Considering the arch dictates what happens distally, this is pointless and has zero long term potential.

Cost: Whatever the practitioner feels is appropriate. Can range from $50 to $200 per treatment.

Drew Women’s Shoe Zoey by Durea for Metatarsalgia

According to the manufacturer, this particular treatment for metatarsalgia, “prevents the toes from becoming cramped and helps keep the metatarsal bones in balance.” In this case, the manufacturer goes on to state: “Note: This documentation is not intended to suggest treatments for abnormal foot conditions. Any such cases should be referred to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.”

Drawbacks:
Pre-made, not truly custom specific to individual needs.

Expensive - Costs $315.

KT Tape

This treatment for metatarsalgia is designed to speed recovery and relieve pain. This tape is applied to the foot in particular lengths and directions to alleviate foot strain.

Drawbacks:
You don’t have metatarsalgia due to a lack of foot tape! Seems obvious enough, but deserves special mention.

Needs to be reapplied often; as often as every 3 to 5 days.

Cost: $20 per roll.

Metatarsal Inserts

This treatment for metatarsalgia is designed to alter the passage of force through the metatarsals. This shoe insert has a built up pad into the anatomical metatarsal region.

Drawbacks:
A one size fits all approach to a foot problem that deserves an individualize approach.

Has the potential to create additional foot problems and deformity as it moves the passage of force into a non-specific pattern.

Cost: anywhere from $20 to >$100.

Anti-Inflammatory Agents

These treatments for metatarsalgia are designed to reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications include, but are not limited to, Aleve and Aspirin, Advil and acetaminophen. Ice is also an effective anti-inflammatory treatment for metatarsalgia.

Drawbacks:
All medication has side-effects.

Medication is hepatotoxic which means it’s toxic to the liver. Not the best long term outcome potential when you sacrifice your liver so your foot can feel better temporarily.

Ice is cold and needs to be applied until the area is numb; this cab take up to 15 minutes per application.

Lemon Essential Oil

This treatment for metatarsalgia is cold pressed from literally thousands of lemon rinds just to make one kilo of oil.

Drawbacks:
You smell like lemons for one!

Lemons do not improve foot function.

Cost: Anywhere from $5 to $15 for 15ml

Metatarsal Sleeve

This treatment for metatarsalgia is a flexible sleeve made from a cotton/Lycra blend designed to absorb pressure, shock and friction to cushion and protect your foot.

Drawbacks:
Fails to improve foot function as it has no ability to improve the passage of force as each foot transitions between pronation and supination. 26 bones in good alignment equals good foot function. This flexible sleeve simply cannot hold the foot in its correct arch-up posture against body weight and gravity!

Cost: $9

Metatarsal Pad

This particular treatment for metatarsalgia is a one-size-fits-all pad designed to support the ball of the foot. This soft silicone pad can help relieve the burning sensation at the met heads.

Drawbacks:
There is no one size fits all solution to the 26 bones in each foot that make up 33 joints responsible for foot function and foot health! Think about it.

Cost: $16

Note: ALL of these treatments fail to correct the underlying cause of metatarsalgia!

 

-HOW TO CORRECT THE CAUSE-

Stop the forefoot from spreading!

Optimize the passage of force through each foot with every step!

The only way to optimize foot function is to Restore Alignment.

Here at Arizona Orthotics we do this by capturing each foots corrected MASS Posture.MASS posture taken seated

-First you RESTORE, then you OPTIMIZE!-

By restoring each foot to its corrected arch-up alignment, the widening at the forefoot is controlled.

Next we Precision Calibrate our orthotics.

Precision calibration is how we Optimize the FLEXIBILITY of every custom foot orthotic to match specific individual needs.

Important things like body weight, foot flexibility and activity demands.

Calibration is the proverbial "butter on the bread".

Experience the biomechanical advantage of a Truly Custom Foot Orthotic and...

Get that spring back in your step!