Treatment for Metatarsalgia
Many quick and straightforward measures can help alleviate the symptoms associated with metatarsalgia. These include:
- Losing weight in case you are obese or overweight
- Resting with the feet elevated if possible.
- Wearing shoes or footwear that is low-heeled, well fitted, and has a wide toe area.
- Orthotic inserts and metatarsal pads for your shoes can help relieve the pain in your foot by lowering the pressure exerted on the heads of the metatarsal bones.
- Physiotherapy, in many cases, may also be very helpful. This can include various exercises to help your stiff ankle or exercises that can help stretch the Achilles tendon.
- Simple painkillers can also help a lot. These include paracetamol as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen, which may help relieve your pain.
- Seeing a good podiatrist may help to determine if you have hard skin (or callus) build-up. This can alter the way a person bears weight.
There are many other treatments as well, but they will depend mainly on the underlying cause of the metatarsalgia.
Therefore, for instance, if diabetes is the culprit, you will need to control your diabetes better to improve your condition. On the other hand, if arthritis or gout is the cause, you might need specific treatment for these conditions.
At times, surgery is necessary to treat metatarsalgia; this is especially true if other treatment options have failed. Again, this would depend on your underlying cause – for instance, straightening of claw toes or hammer or surgery for Morton’s neuroma.