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 the foot. If you do not have 100% relief within 3 weeks of following all of the instructions below, see a podiatrist.
Use an arch support to transfer force off of the ball of the foot. An arch support that will not collapse will do the best job. We recommend the Powerstep Full Length Arch Support.
Use a sandal with an arch support to wear around the house. This will act to decrease pressure on the ball of your foot. We highly recommend the Wave Flip-flop Sandal – available here. Our patients love this flip flop.
Wearing the correct socks can help reduce bunion pain. Socks help
in two ways. First by reducing friction on the bunion and second by
providing cushion. Cotton is a poor choice for people with bunions
because of high friction. Because it has low friction, no seam over
the bunion and cushions the bunion from shoe pressure, our favorite
sock for bunions is the
Juzo Silver Sole Sock. Available in white
Use a silicone product to cushion the balls of your feet. Two that work
very well are the
Silipos Metatarsal Gel Strap
Both of these devices provide a tremendous amount of cushioning.
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 the following products in addition to those above:
Don’t live with pain under the balls of your feet. For the most effective and long-lasting treatment make an appointment to see us in our Seattle office.
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